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Apr 6, 2010 07:27 PM

Tsukiji tuna auction ban until May 8

Thought this may be of interest to the board:

NB: It's not a ban on the market and environs proper.

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  1. This is absolutely the right thing to do. The disrespectful, obnoxious, ignorant behavior of tourists at Tsukiji is downright annoying. I think they should keep it closed indefinitely.

    1. So this is a ban only on the auction held from 5:00-6:15 in the mornings, right? I've got some visitors coming this week who want to go to the market. Despite working walking-distance away from it for two years -- I have never been in the morning! What do you guys think -- is it worth going in the morning even if the auction is banned?

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      1. re: hello_liza

        they will probably expect to see the auction and be very disappointed. I probably wouldnt take them there.

        1. re: hello_liza

          I say go for it, it's an interesting place and they'll feel guilty for missing it.
          I think it's pretty interesting and I've never even seen the auction.

          1. re: hello_liza

            My husband and I visited Tsukiji last month; however, for a variety of complicated reasons we never planned on attending the auction. Instead, we toured the outer market area where we got an excellent glimpse of the process for moving the fish from the auction to buyers ranging from local restaurants in Tokyo to international destinations. Specifically, we watched the middlemen cut large sections of tuna into section that could be shipped. We saw the practiced hands of the shippers wrap a piece of newspaper around the odd-shaped tapering fish with such skill that the result was a thing of beauty with no wrinkles or bulges. We saw other processors slicing frozen fish on a table saw. We saw all manner of fish and shellfish on ice and in tanks. We dodged the market tranports as they zoomed around the aisles and driveways. We saw stacks of styrofoam containers being transported to the offices of international shipping services within the market. Finally, we ate sublime sushi at Sushi Bun.

            In all, we had a fantastic experience and did not feel at all deprived. If you think your visitors would enjoy having an experience similar to ours, I strongly recommend you take them to the outer market.

            1. re: Indy 67

              There are inner and outer market, if you are talking about Sushi Bun, it is located in the inner market.

              Here are all the shops and restaurants in the inner market :


              1. re: skylineR33

                I'll take your word for it that we both visited and ate in the inner market. We definitely ate at Sushi Bun, and I assume someone can say whether the activities I've described take place in the inner or outer market. (Since I can't read Japanese, the map you've supplied has limited utility.)

                1. re: Indy 67

                  Outer market is much bigger with a lots more shops and streets, it is kind of connect from the inner market, just walk a bit further and it can be found, eventhough it is kind of confusing when you are actually there. I think both are a must for visitors. I have seen people cutting apart a big tuna in the outer market as well as the core of the Tsukiji market itself, but not the inner market. I think you are talking about the core and the inner market, not the outer market.

              2. re: Indy 67

                Thanks for the recommendation! I think we'll probably end up going this Friday. I've told them about the auction and they still want to go, what can you do!

                1. re: hello_liza

                  They are limiting the number of visitors to 140 a day starting May 10.


                  1. re: feizhu

                    was about time.
                    this will drastically reduce the number of visitors.