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Tokyo is home to the world famous Tsukiji fish market, where everything that moves in the sea is up for sale.
One of the highlights of the market is the daily tuna auction, which takes place early every morning. Visitors are allowed in between 5:25 AM and 6:15 AM.
We were in Japan last week, and paid a visit to the market and tuna auction. It’s a colourful, and lively affair, with an auctioneer shouting out to buyers looking to stock up on large tuna.
Disclosure: We were flown out to Tokyo by Rakuten, an e-commerce company trying to expand internationally. It put us up in very nice hotels, put us on bullet trains, and fed us well. That’s largely irrelevant for this story, but we thought you should know.
We wandered through Tokyo in the early morning, somewhat lost, before landing in the fish market, which was already buzzing
Before going to see the auction, we wait in a holding area, where this guy gave us a yellow vest to wear
Often, the people that come to the auction have been partying all night long, it's the only way to get there on time
The tourists are held in a small area in the middle of the space. From time to time the tourists are banned because they annoy the people bidding on the tuna
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