After 83 Years, Tsukiji Market Closes for Last Time

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Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--The final trading session took place in Tokyo's famed Tsukiji wholesale food market on Saturday before relocation, ending the market's 83-year-old history as "the kitchen" of the metropolitan area.

On the last day, workers voiced gratitude to the aging market, a tourist spot in the capital's Chuo Ward, and regret over having to leave the workplace they have been familiarized with.

Ahead of the final predawn auction at the market's iconic sales area for raw tuna, known for the New Year's bidding, Takeshi Yoshida, president of Tsukiji Uoichiba Co., said on behalf of wholesalers, "I'm grateful to shippers and buyers across the country who helped Tsukiji to grow up."

"At Toyosu, we have to take over the established achievements," Yoshida added, referring to the new market slated to open in neighboring Koto Ward on Thursday and take over the functions of Tsukiji.

A senior intermediate wholesaler said, "The Tsukiji brand has been firmly established thanks to everyone, including wholesalers and middle traders."

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