Tsukiji market closes doors / New facility in Toyosu set to open early Thursday
The iconic Tsukiji market, part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, marked its final day of operations in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday, drawing the curtain on 83 years of history.
The final auctions were held from the predawn hours of Saturday morning. By noon, the move to the Toyosu market had begun. The new wholesale market in the Toyosu district of Koto Ward, Tokyo, is scheduled to open early Thursday. Before then, an “unprecedented transfer operation” will have to be completed.
At 6:30 a.m., Toshio Awatake, third-generation president of Kanatatsu, an intermediate wholesale company for shellfish, was sorting out scallops. Awatake, 64, has been helping his father’s business since he was a fifth-grade elementary school student and has been working in Tsukiji market for about 50 years.
LDOCEには “a small sea creature that you can eat, with a flat round shell made of two parts that fit together” や “one of a row of small curves that are used to decorate the edge of clothes, curtains etc” と定義されています。