Welcome to Tsukiji
Tsukiji Market is Japan's "Food Town," where one can encounter all kinds of Japanese traditional foods. A mixture of wholesale and retail shops along with numerous restaurants line the streets and new culinary trends are born here.
Originally Tsukiji Market used to be the wholesale market for the professionals.
That is why items sold there were generally too big for a small family to buy.
However, some of the wholesale shops in the market have started retailing high-end merchandises for ordinary customers. For example, ready-to-eat omelets for sushi are now sold in smaller sizes.
Even a bite-sized egg roll can be had for those who just want to try it.
Tsukiji Market, primarily catering to the professionals, has recently opened its doors to ordinary customers and visitors.
The following is how the market has become well known and shaped into what it looks now.
History of Tsukiji:
In 1657, Edo (Old Tokyo) was devastated by the Great Fire of Meireki and
the Tokugawa shogunate decided to fill in the coastal area of Edo. Using advanced civil engineering, the land was reclaimed from the Tokyo Bay and named Tsuki-ji (築・地), which literally means "constructed land".
The place used to be quiet with only shrines and homes for Samurai families.
"Namiyoke Inari Jinja (Shrine)" happens to be at the back corner of Tsukiji Market.
Its name "Namiyoke" literally means "protection from waves," and it has served as a guardian for Tsukiji Market.
The Birth of the Fish Market
Then in 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake destroyed much of central Tokyo, including the Nihonbashi Fish Market. The fish market was then relocated to the Tsukiji district and began its operations in 1935, making Tsukiji a prosperous and bustling town.
Some of the buildings in Tsukiji are more than 80 years old. The owners use the first floor for their shops and usually live on the upper floors.
The intricate streets are like a maze, so don't get lost.
Tsukiji and its Future
As Japan enjoyed a major economic growth in the 1980s, people all over the world became interested in the Japanese cuisine. Tsukiji Market has been attracting visitors from all around the globe.
The Tokyo Central Wholesale Market, originally placed in Tsukiji under the Tokyo Municipal Government, will move to other area in Tokyo.
Whatever happens to the circumstance about Tsukiji Market, it is and it will be the best marketplace for customers to buy fresh seafood, vegetables, and Japanese traditional food materials.