The Wow: Fresh fish flopping on dripping trays of ice; sea bream, red snapper, and mackerel; men in knee-high galoshes loading crates of just-out-of-the-bay squid; buyers and sellers yelling in a fast clip, adjusting the world’s tuna prices as they go. This is a sea-foodie’s bazaar for everything aquatic and edible.
Why Now? Government officials are planning to relocate the market from its current home in Tsukiji. To date, as these same officials plan for the move, they aren’t talking about preserving the old traditions or spectacle of the current Tsukiji site. Instead, they are planning to computerize the famous tuna auctions.