Tsukiji Fish Marketbabibubebo | 26 05 2008
I already wrote about Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, but when I went last time, the wholesale part was closed and I only took photos in the consumer market. Unfortunately, from April 2008 the market has apparently restricted tourist access during the peak hours and for the Tuna auctions and only allow tourist in certain areas, so I went in March to get some photos…By the way, I have heard that they have not been too strict so far, anyone recently go? If you have been since April 1st, please leave a comment about your experience…
After going, I understand why they want to stop tourist from coming as no matter how hard I tried, I always felt I was in the way. I went with a friend of mine and he probably saved my life a couple times because the workers drive this mini reverse forklift things around and don’t seem like they would stop if you were in the way… Especially since they might not always be paying attention!
Like this guy above who looks like he is sending a text or browsing the internet on his cell phone while driving! Anyway, I really understand why they want to close it to tourists. First of all, I know it would be annoying if tourists were coming into my workplace all the time whether they were actually getting in my way or not. I mean, these people are trying to do their job, which does not include tour guide. Second, it is not like it is one or two tourists come, but A LOT of are/were coming daily. Third, I saw a few of the tourists do things that are against the rules, such as try and touch the huge tunas or use flash photography. It is too bad, because even though I felt really guilty for getting in everyone’s way, it was really interesting to see once. In any case, check out all the tourist and other photos below.
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