Japan’s historic Tsukiji fish market – the largest in the world and a top known tourist attraction on Thursday, August 3rd 2017 went up in flames!
Smoke was said to be seen billowing from shops on the outskirts of the market as dozens of fire engines tackled the flames.
The fire was put out by night, special thanks to firefighters who extinguished the blaze.
Reports say Tsukiji’s interior industrial market – where the famous tuna auctions take place – was undamaged and the area was open to tourists as usual.
Although there were no reports of injuries, the cause of the fire is not yet known.
The 80-year-old Tokyo market is known for its tuna auctions which supply many of the capital’s top sushi restaurants and the area is home to many sushi restaurants and shops, some of which have been reportedly evacuated.
The blaze which broke out at about 16:50 local time (07:50 GMT), seems to have affected several old wooden buildings.
Facts about Tsukiji fish market!
- The Tsukiji fish market is said to be probably the rudest place in Japan.
- At every step you take into the market, you may be run down by a three-wheeled electric cart careening through the tiny alleyways.
- Tsukiji is a sprawling collection of corrugated iron sheds put up in the aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake.
- It’s old, rundown, dirty and overcrowded.
- It does not have good architecture design.
- It is a fish market.
- The market which was constructed in 1935, in the aftermath of the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 was built largely from corrugated iron sheds and till today.
- It is a sprawling, busy market.
- The enormous volume and variety of produce gotten from the market shows that it receives tens of thousands of tourist visitors each year.
- The market is however due to be moved by the end of 2017.
- Every fish one can imagine of and has ever heard of is traded in the market.
- In the market you will find giant spider crabs from Russia, scallops and sea urchin, squid and octopus, oysters and crayfish, salmon roe and sea cucumber amongst others.
- Tsukiji is famous for is tuna fish, infact, more giant Pacific and Atlantic bluefin tuna are traded in the market than anywhere else in the world.
- The market kicks off action as early as a little after 4am.
- The market has a long refrigerated hall, where hundreds of shiny black and silver tuna are laid out in neat rows.
- The market is supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market.
- It is still the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, between the Sumida River and the upmarket Ginza shopping district.
- The inner wholesale market has restricted access to visitors while the outer retail market, restaurants and associated restaurant supply stores remain a major tourist attraction for both domestic and overseas visitors.
The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood from cheap seaweed to the most expensive caviar, and from tiny sardines to assorted tuna and controversial whale species.
- The market opens most mornings (except Sundays, holidays and some Wednesdays) .
- It begins with the arrival of sea products by ship, truck and plane from all over the world.
Reports say efforts to move the market to a more modern location have been met with resistance by many of the workers, some of whom have been in the family business for generations.
Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, has previously said the market needs to be rebuilt because of its age – and the associated risk of it being vulnerable to earthquakes, which are not uncommon in Japan.