GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, SAYONARA TSUKIJI MARKET

Written by Yao Quan

For 83 years, Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan has been a warren of shops and warehouses, where small turret trucks laden with ice-filled boxes of fish zip around. But Tokyo city officials say it became dilapidated and unsanitary. Tsukiji Market ceased operations on Oct 6, capping off 83 years of business. A replacement facility was set to open on Oct 11 in nearby Toyosu district, following a two-year delay due to soil contamination and pollution at the new facility.

More than 80 percent of Tsukiji fish traders opposed the move, based on surveys conducted by a group fighting the relocation. In the final days of its operations, some 300 fishmongers, activists and tourists protested at Tsukiji Market to stop the relocation.

The current site of Tsukiji Market would provide temporary parking for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and eventually become a tourist centre.

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