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Japan's famed fish market to relocate

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6 October, 2018 11:33 AM



Japan's famed fish market to relocate

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Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has held its final pre-dawn tuna auction before being relocated to a new site.

The world's largest fish market, which has been in operation for 83 years, is being moved as part of the redevelopment for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The famed tuna auctions are a popular tourist attraction in the Japanese capital. "I'm almost crying," said retired seafood auctioneer Hisao Ishii, who returned to the market for its last day on Saturday.

"Today is a sad day of goodbyes. Tsukiji tried to meet the times, but it is getting older," he told the AFP news agency. Fishmongers will move from the ageing facility to a new, more modern site in Toyosu, about 2km (1.2 miles) away, according to BBC report.

The relocation of the historic market has long been in the works but faced opposition from some vendors right up until its final days.

Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market in the Japanese capital. Tsukiji is within walking distance of the upscale Ginza district, where some of Tokyo's top restaurants are located. Chefs seeking the best available products formed close relationships with vendors.


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