You may have never heard of the Tsukiji fish market, but it’s the world’s biggest and most significant market of its kind. It is from here that Tokyo ships seafood to places similar to our Japanese restaurant in Seattle all across the globe with the help of overnight flights.
Now in its 80th year, this iconic marketplace is undergoing some significant changes that will see it setting up shop in a new location. Its long-time home has turned into an exceedingly valuable piece of real estate, particularly with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics coming up. As a result, over $4 billion dollars is being devoted to relocating Tsukiji to a location that once housed a gas plant. Meanwhile, as the market’s all-important bluefin tuna auction experiences increasingly lower bids, it would seem that the future of this titan of the seafood industry is in question.