Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

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Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is a wholesaler market. The fish, big Tuna fish, are sold to merchants and restaurants’ owners when the price of the fish is determined in a noisy public sale procedure. Lot of tourists arrives to watch the unique sale process that can’t be seen in any market.
Every day, at 3:00 a.m. the market comes alive and the its workers prepare the giant fish for sale.
The organizers create a fish exhibition on low platforms, check the quality of the fish and estimate its value. On 4:30 a.m. the buyers gather and the public sale begins.
The announcer presents a fish and asks screaming the public how much they are willing to pay for this specific fish. The merchants suggest prices, the announcer repeats the suggestions and as in any public sale, the price is agreed by one of the participants then the announcer moves to the next fish. (The uniqueness of the process is demonstrated in the enclosed video film-strips).
At the end of the sale, the merchants arrive with barrows and every one takes the fishes that he bought. Some of the fish reach to the retailer market and sold to privet buyers and some buyers load the fishes on their vehicles and take it to their restaurants.
Visits in the market are done only in guided tours and required coordination in advance. The tour required early rising which is not always comfort for tourists, but, it is worthwhile to lose three sleeping hours in order to watch this unique trade process that can’t be seen anywhere else.

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5-2-1 Tsukiji Chuo-ku,Tokyo 104
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Eastern Asia, island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the East Sea, east of the Korean Peninsula.
Varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north .
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Japan National Tourism Organization 10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building, 2-10-1Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
Japan background and overview
In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island.
In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, actual power rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives.
The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]

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