Category: TsukijiWonderlandへの招待状, ニュース





[Invitation to Tsukiji Wonderland #7-Fresh Tuna Auction hall-]

“I found myself in a wonderland I could have never imagined.”

Since we have over 600 hours of video, there was a limit to the footage we could use in this movie. So, we would like to introduce you to some of the footage not used in this movie.

【Fresh Tuna Auction hall】
Like the phrase “It is not lucrative” can be a greeting among merchants in Japan,
“There is not enough fish” is becoming a greeting word at the market.
It is said that the Fresh Tuna Auction Place had been at open-air area along with the Sumida river (the market stand on the bank side of Sumida river) .
Now, it is located in east side, inside of the fan-formed building near Kachidoki.
Various kind of fishes are treated such as the following;
Bluefin Tuna(Kuro-Maguro/ Hon-Maguro), Southern Bluefin Tuna(Minami-Maguro/ Indian Maguro), Bigeye Tuna(Mebachi-Maguro),
Yellowfin Tuna(Kihada-Maguro), Striped Marlin(Ma-Kajiki) and Swordfish(Me-Kajiki).
However, the amount of Wild Bluefin Tuna which supposed to take up their positions in the front row is extremely low.
Around 11pm, the workers open wooden carton and foam cartons. The Bluefin Tunas packed in ice are brought out.
After finishing the measure process, the Bluefin Tunas are washed cleanly and displayed.
“It is not always the case that the best Tuna become the number one “.
The Tunas are displayed in 5 groups by 5 wholesales companies.
The companies display the Tunas considering other companies’ shipping situation and they give full consideration to make sure that as many people as possible can attend.
Around 5:15am, the auction place become full with Nakaoroshi people.
Before the auction would starts, an attendee of the auction murmured.
“Pursuing Tuna is like pursuing dream lady. It is men’s adventure through the end. We end up buying them no matter how many times deceived by them. ”
At 5:30am, when the atmosphere becomes bloodthirsty, the auctioneer hands the bell and ring it out forcefully.