An Early Japan Adventure, Tsukiji Fish Market~!
Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場) was one of the more adventurous place of interest from our Japan trip. There are a lot of information around if you go to Google and search for Tsukiji Fish Market tour but there was one during then that caught our attention. A lot of our attention. So much so that we decided to take up this adventure after much deliberation. It wasn’t really easy to give this tour a go considering we have to meet this tour guide at 3:00AM. Yes, you see it right. It’s 3:00AM, way before the sun rises. But honestly this tour has the most to offer and considering we travel all the way to Japan to have an experience so that’s when we decided to go with this tour.
So which tour is it, you’re wondering. Here’s introducing to you one of the best Tsukiji Fish Market tour by Naoto Nakamura-san~!๓(｡•∀•｡)๓
Looking at the schedule presented in Nakamura-san’s New Tsukiji Tour website, you will be able to find out what we actually did during the whole tour. And with regrets, I do not have any photos from the whole tour with Nakamura-san as the whole tour was like a secret mission around the Tsukiji Fish Market. Haha! Or was it like a hide-and-seek session between Nakamura-san and the authority over there.
As what Nakamura-san has stated on his website, with more tourists came more complaints. And with more complaints came more restrictions by the authority and hence tourists are usually only allowed into the public area of the market nowadays, which is also the Tuna Auction zone. That is the only area within the Tsukiji Fish Market that the public can visit now.
But let’s start a bit about what happened on that day. It was a cold morning as it was drizzling. With no other public transport choices except for taking a cab down to our meeting point, we had the hotel helped us to call for a cab to pick us up. Early morning + coldness from the drizzling is definitely not the way to start our tour in Japan but that didn’t bring down our spirit for that day at all though the cost of taking a cab did hurt us a bit! f(; ✖﹏✖)ﾉ
We met Nakamura-san in front of the Lawson’s he stated in his website/email and a cute looking hand-drawn map, which you can see from Feng’s blog entry. And the tour began as he brought us into the fish market. I tried to open my umbrella inside but honestly every little corner that Nakamura-san brought us to was just too tight and troublesome to have it opened. And of course I didn’t really want to block the moving vehicles in the market so in the end I gave up on the umbrella and had to bear with the drizzling. (´~`ก;)
Nakamura-san brought us to a lot of areas within the fish market. Is just like going to a local fish market but with more varieties and more interesting things going on there. There were actually many ongoing auctions in the fish market and we got to stop and watch the auction while trying not to be caught. Nakamura-san’s senses was always on high alert looking out for authorities around the fish market. There was once he actually kind of spotted someone out of the corner of his eyes and we had to do a walkabout the building to hide from them. Haha! Was honestly a very interesting adventure as we absorbed in all the information he was giving us while he brought us around, introducing to us the fishes, introducing us to the sellers too! I can’t really described much now but it really was a very interesting tour, much better than just watching the tuna auction in the public zone. Sacrificing our sleep for this was really worth it in the end. (ت)
So then Nakamura-san brought us up to the rooftop and that’s actually where we got to stop a while and take in the view of the fish market from high up! And that was also when I finally got to take a photo of the fish market though not much of a fantastic photo.
After that we proceeded downstairs and it was about time to head off to get ourselves registered for the tuna auction session. We paid Nakamura-san, said our thanks and bid farewell. (ت)
So we went to the entrance to get ourselves “registered” for the session as we were given a vest to wear, I guess to show that we are tourists? Haha! Here’s Feng reading some instructions and what-nots given to us. (ت)
Then we were being “ushered” to the tuna auction area. Almost always if someone walks too slow or stopped to watch something, they will be asked to moved faster and do not stop. Not very friendly somehow… Hur. (°°｀：)
So here’s the tuna auction zone~! Bidders are checking out the quality of the tunas before bidding for them and that’s the purpose of the cut-up part of the tuna so that they can check the quality.
And here’s the star during the auction, the auctioneer~! He was really very interesting to watch and even though I don’t really understand what he was saying. The way he was saying out the bids was a performance itself as it almost sounds like he was singing and dancing. Haha! He honestly is the most interesting part of the whole auction. And within ermmm… Seconds? One auction is done without us realising it. (°°｀：)
And the successfully bidded tunas being carted off…
Here’s another part of the auction, which I am not very sure what’s the difference though. This auction is slightly quieter as compared to the auction above. Once again bidders checking out the quality of the tuna but this time laid out in terms of slices instead of a whole tuna. Hmmmm…
As the auction starts, the bidders started crowding around. Less exciting but still ends pretty fast.
And after the all the auctioning has ended, we were being ushered back to the entrance to return the vests, after which we immediately zoomed down to Daiwa Sushi (大和鮨) for our sushi craving~! I know Sushi Dai (寿司大) is probably the more popular choices for many but honestly the queue was kind of ridiculous. Nakamura-san actually said there really isn’t much difference between Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi, we decided to go to Daiwa Sushi instead. Daiwa Sushi has two shop front as we know from Nakamura-san. One is managed by the father while the other the son, so we went to the one by the father of ‘cos! (ت)
We didn’t really have to wait too long before we were being given our seats at a small corner. I honestly regret bringing such a big bag into the sushi place as there was almost no space to move around let alone putting our bags! But still, thankfully we managed to squeeze everything into one corner and thank goodness we were in A CORNER. Haha!
So upon sitting down, the chef asked for our order and recommended us the set. Well of ‘cos we go with the chef’s recommendation then! Sushi was presented on the wooden serving plate and the chef will continue filling it up as you eat until he served all the sushi. It was so authentic and so fresh that’s everything was so heavenly once served into our mouth. Haha! Here’s the sushi on the plate! TORO SUSHI! ♪ ♬ ヾ(´︶`♡)ﾉ ♬ ♪
And that’s our breakfast~! I had to take multiple shots since as I said previously, the chef will refill the plate once you have eaten some from the plate. (ت)
Am starting to miss Japanese food from Japan now. Now that we have found Aoki, I can have less craving though. Haha! (ت)♪