Saturday, December 15, 2012

Get to Tokyo Before It's Too Late!

(via Wandering Aramean)

A few years ago, I went to Tokyo on a work trip. It was one of the first "real" trips abroad I'd ever taken, and I was fortunate enough to have some downtime so that I could explore the city. Tokyo is an amazing city, and while there are countless amazing sights to see and things to do, one of my fondest memories was visiting the Tsukiji fish market at before the crack of dawn.

The largest of its kind in the world, the market is a spectacle to behold - especially early in the morning when all the action takes place. The main event is the tuna auction, where the enormous frozen tunas are auctioned off to the highest bidder (while awestruck tourists look on). The fun doesn't end there though - it is pretty amazing to watch the tuna get "processed" after purchase as well:

Sliced right down the middle with a band saw

Unfortunately, the market has become quite rundown and over-crowded, and so will be replaced by the end of 2014. While it certainly isn't a marvel of technology and innovation, it is absolutely a memorable and worthwhile experience to see Tsukiji first-hand. The clock is now ticking, so if you have plans to visit Tokyo make sure to check it out (and if you don't have plans to visit Tokyo, you should strongly consider making some!)


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