Monday, October 20, 2008

Something Fishy

If you're going to visit Japan, it helps to like fish. Japanese people eat a lot of it. Ever wonder how it gets from the ocean to your table?

The Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest fish market in the world. Over $15.5 million worth of seafood is sold here every day! And it all happens before the sun even comes up.

You already read about jet-lag: that's when you wake up (or fall asleep) at crazy hours from being in a new time zone. Since I was already awake really early on my first morning in Tokyo, I went for a visit. It was something!! Electric carts zooming in all directions, all kinds of sea creatures (some still alive) for sale, restaurant owners making deals for the best catch! Finally we went to the tuna auction. The video is posted above. This tuna doesn't come in a can --- some fish are worth over 20 million yen! (How much is that in dollars??) Now, if you're not too squeamish, you can click above for more photos. Sushi anyone?


Christopher (5K) said...

Wow This Makes me hungry Since I love fish and especially Salmon.
With Fried Rice it is delicious

Lanxi said...

Yum yum yum... Japanese food actually looks pretty much the same as Chinese food.They also use the same written symbols as Chinese people, except with different meanings.(did you know that?) In China we ALSO use yen as money.