Blog | Wednesday 30 December 2015
Vanessa Holden, Contents Manager of the Export to Japan platform, shares her experience of Tsukiji fish market and looks at the upcoming redevelopment for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tsukiji Market is waiting to be checked off a number of bucket lists of people around the world.
Time though, is running out.
The current market, which has been at its current location for the past 80 years will be relocated to a new location in a controversial move scheduled for November 2016 to allow for redevelopment of the area to happen in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
While the new space will be bigger, more modern, efficient, and state of the art, there are many who lament this loss of the old Tokyo, an area with so much history and character.
It is important to note, however, that only the inner market, which comprises around 700 fish vendors, will be moved – the outer market, with all its shops and restaurants, will remain untouched.
Many older areas of Tokyo, including Musashi-Koyama in Shinagawa, and Higashi-Nakano, are facing this type of redevelopment, with the more nostalgic areas being torn down in favour of building new high-rise apartment blocks and department stores.
There is one year left to enjoy the bustling market as it is, perhaps even go on a guided tour of the market, and not only soak in some traditional occupations, but also learn what to do with your purchases, and acquire some skills that may last you a lifetime.
Fish and Dish offer tours in English, can be found on Facebook, and are the only ones to offer a cooking class within the market. This unique experience is worth setting time aside for on your next business trip to Tokyo.
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