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.

Blood, Sweat and Tuna (explored!)

Blood, Sweat and Tuna (this one was explored on Flickr!) | Nikon D700 24mm F14 lens at 2.8 1/50 at 800 ISO

High Speed Fish Hauling

High-Speed Fish Hauling | Nikon D700 24mm F1.4 lens at F7.1. Shooting aperture priority and trying to get a slower shutter speed for panning. Shutter speed was 1/13 at ISO 800

Fast Fish Mover

Fast Fish Mover | Nikon D700 24mm F1.4 lens at F7.1. Shooting aperture priority and trying to get a slower shutter speed for panning. Shutter speed was 1/25 at ISO 800

Catch of the day

Catch of the day | Nikon D700 24mm F1.4 lens at F7.1. Shooting aperture priority and trying to get a slower shutter speed for panning. Shutter speed was 1/80 at ISO 800

Tsukiji Cart

Tsukiji Cart | Nikon D700 24mm F1.4 lens at 2.8 1/50 ISO 800

This was part of my attempted time-lapse that got interrupted.

Smoke Break

Smoke Break | Nikon D700 24mm F1.4 lens at F6.3 1/10 ISO 500

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!

This Way

This Way (to the sushi?) | Nikon D700 85mm Lens F3.2 1/1000 ISO 400

Still plenty hectic outside the market as well.

Dodging Carts

Dodging Carts | Nikon D700 85mm Lens at F2.8 1/1600 ISO 400

People were out shopping around for what have you…

Early morning at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

Early morning at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo | Nikon D700 and 85mm Lens Multiple shots merged to HDR

The line at the really popular sushi place was loooong. We were too hungry to wait in it.

Breakfast Sushi Line

Breakfast Sushi Line | Nikon D700 85mm Lens at 2.8 1/1250 ISO 400

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.

Jiro Yonehana

Jiro Yonehana with a comic book featuring him! Yep, he’s a well-liked dude and for good reason | Nikon D700 and 24mm lens at F2.8 1/125 at ISO 1250

Jiro Yonehana

Jiro Yonehana | Nikon D700 and 24mm lens at F2.8 1/125 at ISO 1250

Lily and me with breakfast sushi at Yonehana photo by Jiro Yonehana

Lily and me with breakfast sushi at Yonehana (photo by Jiro Yonehana)

Sashimi plate at Yonehana

Sashimi plate at Yonehana | Nikon D700 24mm F5,6 1/50 ISO 1250

Bellies full, we headed out for some more street action! Here’s a few—more to come soon!

Tsukiji Transportations

Tsukiji Transportations | Nikon D700 24mm Lens at 5.6 1/1250 ISO 400

Tending Shop

Tending Shop | Nikon D700 24mm F2.8 1/500 ISO 400

Shadow Biker

Shadow Biker | Nikon D700 24mm F2.8 at 1/4000 ISO 400

Waiting for Sushi?

Waiting for Sushi? | Nikon D700 24mm F2.8 1/800 ISO 400

Tsukiji Shadow Shoppers

Tsukiji Shadow Shoppers | Nikon D700 F2.8 1/1600 ISO 400

That’s all for now. More Tsukiji to come.

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