May 9, 2007

More from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo

POST #    2475

Back in March I posted one image of the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Here are some more from the early-morning trip to the market. If you ever go to Tokyo, I would highly recommend a visit. Just watch out for all the tractors and the people that are actually there to shop. I think some of the fishmongers really had disdain for the tourists, while others were somewhat receptive.

If you're wondering what's in that third picture is, I have no idea. And to get an idea of how large those frozen tuna carcases are, check out this image for scale (only a half tuna pictured). And that picture is just a fraction of the tuna that were on sale that day.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Japan, Photos, Travel at 8:54 AM

 

 

hey tien,

long time reader, but first time commenter. Glad you had a good trip to Japan!


By the way, the label on the third picture you took of the fish market reads "akagai" in japanese. I suppose literally it translates as "red shell(fish)" but the proper translation is "ark shell" (whatever that is). It is a kind of mollusk. You can find a definition here:



http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9009464/ark-shell



or in japanese, if you prefer:



http://kenko.it-lab.com/shokuhin.php/159/



finally, here is a (japanese) page with some pictures of how to prepare it (scroll down a little bit)



http://store.yahoo.co.jp/hotate-ya/cea6b1fccf-35.html



which is, all in all, probably way more than you ever wanted to know about shellfish!! *laughs*



I love your photos! Keep up the great work!

Posted by: michaelpanda at May 9, 2007 9:19 AM

Did they mind you guys taking pictures?

Posted by: cupcake at May 9, 2007 4:16 PM

thanks for all the links, michael. it's definitely more than i wanted to know!

cupcake, they don't mind as long as you don't touch.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2007 10:57 AM

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