Photograph showing Tuna fish. They're labelled by numbers.etc. Those people are fish-traders, there's gonna be a bartering session soon.
Tsukiji fish market is located near the Giza area in Tokyo. It's the world's largest seafood market, fish from around the world are being traded here. Going to be replaced by a newer market in few years' time.
Best time to go is around 4.30am - 6:30am, when fresh fish are being bartered that time. If you go later nearly all the fish would have already been transported to major Japanese cities.
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Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-02-06 15:48
What a view at guted tuna fish... Very interesting, also good note.
cherryripe (21033) 2006-02-06 15:48
This is quite impressive, all these big fish lined up with their mouthes open and the holes in their sides. I like the effect of the "fog" and the movement of the people.
Thanks for sharing.
Mistral (15402) 2006-02-06 15:49
Hi Cheuk Hin,
Interesting shot of this poor but delightful fishes.
nwoehnl (122) 2006-02-06 15:50
Hi Cheuk-Hin. Impressive scene from the famous fish market, where the alignment of tuna fish on the hall floor makes a good pattern, and the slightly motion-blurred people in between are a good add. I'll be traveling to Japan in late March and hope to also visit this market on an early morning. Thanks for sharing this good photo.
azuri (1598) 2006-02-06 15:53
Wow! Fantastic! I've never see the fish market like this! Fantastic shot and very interesting note!
Thanks for sharing!
laurak83 (328) 2006-02-06 16:02
beautiful, and interesting! great colors and pattern.
brianreisinger (107) 2006-02-06 17:20
Interesting shot and description!
weswang (18223) 2006-02-06 18:35
Hi Cheukhin, I was told that I should go to visit this market. I did not manage to make it. Thanks for providing this picture to show what I have missed. A nice shot to show the mood and the scale of this place. Good PoV with nice perspective view.
rowanb (864) 2006-02-06 19:56
good shot cheuk, nicely graphic with these rows of fish, nice choice of shutter speed to show the movement of the people. a good scene.
RPoole5552 (1812) 2006-02-06 21:28
Excellent Trek Earth story and photo. The picture almost puts you there. I can smell the fish.
SoupDragon (652) 2006-02-06 22:58
I've just had lunch at a restaurant at Tsukiji, and believe me these taste REALLY good.
I love the mist created by the dry ice, really creates atmosphere in this shot.
Sadly, the auction room (I think this shot was taken there) is now closed to the public, so it is hard to get this kind of shot now.
These tuna have probably been brought in from places as far away as Spain and Argentina, as well as the Indian Ocean. Not much is caught locally these days. About USD 25 mio is sold here each day, something like 25,000 tonnes of fish.
arnabchat (7233) 2006-02-07 0:16
i missed out while in Tokyo. i would not miss it next time for sure. a signature post from the famous Tuna markets. the low shutter makes way for the dynamic blur, which speaks of the activity in the early morning.
Galeota (10338) 2006-02-07 0:44
Excellent. Not only the scene is interesting, the overall colour rendition is very appealing also (the yellow cast matches the wall in the background ). I love how the blurred people walk between the row of tunas, as if they were walking through a field of Alien eggs... great subject.
Koyama (607) 2006-02-07 4:22
Tsukiji morning, seems delicious.
Did you notice a tip of the tail attached to each body?
They are to guess the meat quality of the whole body.
Guessing from the tail tip, traders sometimes offer millions of yen for only one body of maguro!
rosaline (0) 2006-02-07 4:33
What an amazing picture. I wonder why the fish have these holes in them? Still the atmosphere is great here and a very graphic shot. Lots of impact. Well done.
elmec (12210) 2006-02-07 14:19
It's very good document!
And you done it perfectly!
ksoloduc (324) 2006-02-07 16:17
wow really impressive. The fish itself make great impact, not to mention ghosty people. Well done!
and thanks for the critique
xavshot (69835) 2006-02-08 13:57
Impressionnant ce marché ! j'aime beaucoup cet alignement. les couleurs sont belles.... très interessant
jbweasle (9373) 2006-02-08 14:20
Hello Cheukhin, this is a remarkable picture of this fish market. I have never seen whole tuna lined up like this before. Thanks for opening my eyes.
Clochette (8076) 2006-02-08 15:26
Hi Cheuk Hin
Incredible place, I couldn't imagine such a market. You even captured the cold, visible by the slight fog near the floor.
Thank you also for this very informative note.
alimo3 (6854) 2006-02-08 17:57
that's an amazing shot,and it gives the atmosphere of this cold market !
good compo,great colors.
vapours (8264) 2006-02-08 19:45
Great repetitive fish here, and like the blur of the people to enforce the feeling of activity and movement. Great fog as well.
dominique (11414) 2006-02-09 6:08
Voila un sujet tres intéressant et la photo est vraiment spectaculaire , drole d'ambiance avec cette nappe de froid sur le bas et tout ces poissons mort .Bien vu .
capthaddock (28790) 2006-02-09 11:35
Eugh - I can smell it from here, great capture, I like the contarst of the moving people and still dead bodies and the misty effect of the refrigeration.
designsoul (21492) 2006-02-09 16:46
Incredible shot, Cheuk! This one is a real stunner... I keep looking and looking at it, amazed. I love how the people are so blurred in their movements before the bartering session while the fish, dead and prepared, are lying there with their big bodies amidst the vapour around. This is a first class shot, a fabulous one, bravo!
pranab (5354) 2006-02-10 2:32
story of human consumption. a great photojournalistic feel to it. good dof and color. great note.
melody_garden (170) 2006-02-12 16:03
Amazing picture!Really impressive. The fish are huge, in my opinion. Didn’t expect Tuna would be like this big. And thank you for your informational note as well.
See you later and hope you a nice holiday!:)
bfly (5775) 2006-02-14 8:46
first time a see such a thing :)..could have never imagined tons of tuna in such a place.. I guess the carved out holes had the guts before ? and very interesting note from Koyama also..thanks to both of you..(what is the smoke in the isle behind ? dry ice or stg like that ?)
ChristianS (2997) 2006-02-14 14:53
Very nice picture, well composed; I like the bluured effect on the people, they almost look like ghosts :) I also like the foggy effect which really emphasize the sense of frozen fish. Well done!
andante (7092) 2006-02-20 15:30
Very good photojournalistic you are presenting here, Cheuk. I always wanted to know where my sushi came from. I like the way you captured the fish organized in patterns ready to be selected. Great capture. TFS.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-02-21 13:23
Hi Cheuk, what an interesting and exciting shot of this market. Great job, Nino
turkamerikali (3291) 2006-02-26 20:29
Excellent fish market composition with huge tuna fishes.I watched a special about this fish market on travel channel last week and could not believe how much that fishes cost!
I like the pov,colors,action,note and over all composition.Well Done.TFS
Angshu (55914) 2006-02-27 22:48
A very impressive shot. For a moment the soles do look like gaping mouths. Also the movement of people in the back makes more attractive shot
PixelTerror (0) 2006-03-02 3:43
Before I get to HK I'm very certainly have a bit of them as I'm a great fan of sashimi and especially maguro. I'm not sure however that I'll get up that early to see Tsukiji, well who knows, maybe if I'm jetlagged ;-)
Nice photo showing the alignments and with a good note to explain, I like the way the guys are inspecting them, some trying to get in a lower position to see better, nice too the cold feeling that radiates from the bottom.
Have a nice day,
Stepan (27210) 2006-03-02 15:02
The size of the fishes is simply unbelievable !
Excellent exposure time choice, to have a small useful blur, some moves and finally a strong atmosphere.
Very well composed.
pastadog (13111) 2006-03-16 3:22
Hi Cheuk, superb daily life shot, shocking in the beginning, for a second it looked like the tuna were screaming; excellent POV, good idea to give the leading role to the tuna, and a secondary role to the people; I like the repetition effect and the colors too, excellent shot! Regards, Daniel
Lukasso (645) 2006-07-07 4:19
Holy ****!!!I've never seen something like that. Although the subject is quite drastic with all those fish bodies in lines I love the form. I like the way you use lines in your photos.Diagonal is great. Smooth, blurred silhouettes of people amplify the impression of coldness. Really good work!
lesfilous (365) 2006-07-31 16:25
WOW... that must smell like hell !
Anyway, its an original composition.
MashiMaro (0) 2007-01-26 4:01
Dude that's a lot of tuna! Interesting how the japanese being so 'orderly', the fish is well placed, so systematic like a car manufacturing plant. I haven't seen or been to a fish trading place before and you brought it to us here in TE.
I admire your skill in taking images, you take photos of anything very well, may it be any subject you make these images your own man!
ricard (653) 2009-02-13 8:09
Excellent fish market composition with huge tuna fishes. Nice colours. I like the effect of the frozen "fog" and the movement of the people.
- Copyright: Cheuk Hin Tsang (tcht) (7565)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-12-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Olympus Mju 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tsukiji fish market [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-02-06 15:40
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