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Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo Coming to Torrance Mitsuwa

Yukari Apr 10, 2008 09:09 AM

For four days only there will be a special presentation of fresh fish from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo at the Mitsuwa in Torrance. There will be over 20 different types of fish flown in from Tsukiji for the event and they are also flying in a fishmonger from the market.

If you are into seafood, come and check it out. The event will be held from Friday, April 18th to Monday, April 21st.

As you know, Tsukiji is the world's largest fish market in the heart of Tokyo.


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  1. Vince S RE: Yukari Apr 10, 2008 10:01 PM

    Thank you for posting! We will be there!

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    1. re: Vince S
      Yukari RE: Vince S Apr 11, 2008 05:22 AM

      Ask for Shinji-san, the fishmonger from Tsukiji Market. He will be able to walk you through the different types of fish and make suggestions for how to cook them. Enjoy!

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      anothernotch RE: Yukari Apr 11, 2008 09:44 AM

      Just returned from Japan and a morning at Tsukiji. Thanks for the heads up.

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        exilekiss RE: Yukari Apr 11, 2008 04:23 PM

        Thanks for the heads up Yukari. :)

        Just to clarify, but it seems like they will only be filleting the fish for you (to take home), right? No "live sushi eating on the spot" sort of thing? :)

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          Yukari RE: exilekiss Apr 14, 2008 11:35 AM

          Looks like it will not be "sushi on the spot" for fresh seafood to take home. If Shinji-san, the fishmonger from Tokyo, is not too busy, I imagine he will cut it up for you sashimi style.

          I got a sneak preview of the fish that they are hoping to have. Of course, it depends on what is fresh at Tsukiji when they go to purchase, but it is all domestic fish from Japan including the following:

          Some fresh tuna (I believe yellowtail and bluefin)

          All natural buri (yellowtail) from Miyazaki - sashimi (fatty, great for fans of oo-toro) or grilled with salt

          Sazae (turban wreath shell) from Nagasaki - grill on the BBQ

          Masaba (mackerel) from Niigata - sashimi (rich flavor)

          Tai (sea bream) from Ehime - excellent for sashimi (light) or I suggest grilling it with salt, and then putting it into the rice cooker before you cook your rice. When the rice is cooked, remove the bones and skin from the fish and then incorporate the fish into the rice. Add salt to taste.

          Kinmedai (alfonsino) from Shizuoka - this delicate fish in Japan is often used for simmer dishes in a dashi broth with soy sauce, mirin, and sake. Will be great for classic French preparations.

          Hotate (scallops) from Miyazaki - sashimi or sauteed with butter

          Tobiuo (flying fish) from Tokyo - lightly grilled with salt, or I would deep-fry it and serve it up with sake or beer

          Isaki (grunt) from Fukuoka - sashimi, grilled, meuniere, or deep-fried

          Kanpachi (amberjack) from Kagoshima - teriyaki

          As well as yariika (squid), sawara (Japanese Spanish mackerel), mebaru (rock cod), akanamako, kamasu (barracuda), chikodai, shima-aji.

          And of course, they have selected fish that are in season right now.

          I wish I could be there! Please enjoy the seafood for me. This will be some of the best from Tsukiji Market! It will be brought in fresh on Thursday and a second batch flown in on Friday - won't get much fresher than this.

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            Silverjay RE: Yukari Apr 14, 2008 01:04 PM

            Greetings Yukari!...You seem to have an intimate knowledge of this event. Do you have any indications that something like this will be conducted at the Mitsuwa NJ branch at some point?

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              Yukari RE: Silverjay Apr 14, 2008 02:10 PM

              Hisashiburi Silverjay! They are looking at doing an event this summer - and it should be bigger than the one in Torrance as there is more space available. Will definitely let you know if/when it happens. Will be worth the trip to get some top-quality fish unavailable in the U.S.A.

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              Frommtron RE: Yukari Apr 14, 2008 03:17 PM

              What a beautiful buyer's guide. I'm especially impressed with your preparation suggestions.

              That was very generous of you to do that. Thank you!

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            Ben7643 RE: Yukari Apr 11, 2008 04:52 PM

            OHHHH wow I'll have to drive out there for this.

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              rameniac RE: Yukari Apr 11, 2008 05:01 PM

              great call yukari!

              1. mstinawu RE: Yukari Apr 14, 2008 01:05 PM

                Torrance Mitsuwa rocks.. =P

                1. SauceSupreme RE: Yukari Apr 14, 2008 06:06 PM

                  Of all the weekends to be in the Bay Area... I expect lots of photos and reports, so that I can enjoy it vicariously after-the-fact.

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                  1. re: SauceSupreme
                    Yukari RE: SauceSupreme Apr 18, 2008 11:25 AM

                    LA Chowhounders, just a friendly reminder that starting today and running through Monday is the Tsukiji Festival at Mitsuwa Torrance. I have heard that all of the fish made it through and that a fresh batch will be flown over for Sunday morning. If you go, please ask for Shinji-san and he can walk you through the fish, tell him Yukari sent you. And, would love to hear any reports on how it is if you make it.

                    Itadakimasu! Enjoy!

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                      Vince S RE: Yukari Apr 18, 2008 01:31 PM

                      I went. We ate some good sashimi. But overall, I thought it was a tad bit disappointing though but I am guessing it might be the Friday thing.

                      Perhaps we should return on Sunday?

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                        mstinawu RE: Vince S Apr 18, 2008 03:16 PM

                        I went this afternoon as well. It was a lot smaller than I expected. I came out with a few slabs for sashimi though. A co-worker who went w/ me and also went to last year's said it was much bigger last year (probably twice the size).

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                          Yukari RE: mstinawu Apr 18, 2008 06:08 PM

                          Sorry, didn't go last year so not sure what they had. I do know that they got over 20 different types of seafood. If you go on Sunday you will see the same fish, just a new shipment of it flown over. Thanks for posting your reactions.

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                            Yukari RE: Yukari Apr 18, 2008 07:49 PM

                            Just got word from an insider that the second batch of seafood arrived today and will be put out tomorrow morning. Was also told that many of the fish sold out so that the pickings were slim by the end of day today. Best to go early on Saturday morning if you can to get the best selection. Imagine that by Sunday the school of fish will be small.

                            Was also told that the prices were on the high side but apparently the majority of the Japanese customers didn't bat an eye at the cost. They were so happy to see fish that they usually can not get so were buying a lot of it.

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                              Yukari RE: Yukari Apr 19, 2008 10:10 PM

                              Sounds like most of the fish was bought out today so I would not go out of your way to get to Mitsuwa tomorrow. There is some fresh tuna, hamachi, and katsuo left, otherwise most of it went today....

                  2. cincomomo RE: Yukari Apr 20, 2008 06:16 PM

                    I checked out the event yesterday, they had a whole tuna on ice, it was beautiful! I just got back from Japan last week, and we got to visit the real Tsukiji market. I posted pictures of our food and experience on my blog. Feel free to check it out:


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                      Yukari RE: cincomomo Apr 20, 2008 06:31 PM

                      Great photos! Thanks for sharing that. For anyone who wants to go, best to go before 2013. It is tentatively scheduled to move to Toyosu, 2 km. down the bay towards Chiba/Narita.

                      1. re: Yukari
                        Yukari RE: Yukari Apr 24, 2008 08:42 AM

                        These photos were sent to me by a friend of the Tsukiji Fair in Torrance Mitsuwa. It looks exactly like you would find at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. I love the presentation with the bamboo leaves and the pine needles.

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                          Yukari RE: Yukari Apr 24, 2008 09:09 AM

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