Blood, Sweat and Tuna (Early morning at Tsukiji Fish Market) pt. 1
This was my second time back in Tokyo and my second time back to Tsukiji. If you’ve been following my flickr for any amount of time, or just know me in person, then you might be aware of my love for the fish of the raw variety, sushi that is. Tokyo T (huh?). Where to find better sushi than Tokyo and Tsukiji fish market?! Just like we did back in 2008, we woke up before dawn to try to get there in time for some of the action. In the previous visit we were able to head into the market and shoot some of the early morning madness, but not so much this time around. Not soon after making our entrance (and lucky for me getting a few really good shots) we were greeted by a security guard letting us know that tourists weren’t let in until like 10 or so now. I guess that was ok, especially considering the hectic pace in there. All of the different means of moving fish flying by at top speed with no regard for any silly gawkers. Just get outta the way! Doesn’t really seem much like a tourist spot to me, just one of the busiest fish markets in the world and perhaps one of my favorite places in the world. I shot like mad this morning so I’ll break this up into two posts. For now here’s the first part of our morning at Tsukiji.
This was part of my attempted time-lapse that got interrupted.
Once we were kicked out of the inner market area, we decided to hit up some of the shops outside and perhaps find a bite of sushi for breakfast!
Still plenty hectic outside the market as well.
People were out shopping around for what have you…
The line at the really popular sushi place was loooong. We were too hungry to wait in it.
Instead we picked a place that had what looked like actual Japanese folks in it.
Turns out it was actually a popular unagi spot.
The very awesome owner of the restaurant was Jiro Yonehana. Super friendly and even wrote out an English-to-Japanese ordering guide for me! Dude ruled, next time I’m back in Tokyo I’ll be eating here again. Next time I’ll be trying the unagi, though; just wasn’t in the mood that morning.
Bellies full, we headed out for some more street action! Here’s a few—more to come soon!
That’s all for now. More Tsukiji to come.