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Tsukiji Central Wholesale Fish Market. This riverside fish market dates back to the 16th century at the beginning of the Edo period.

After the great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 three central fish markets were established in the city of Tokyo, Tsukiji, Kaido, and Koto.

Tsukiji is a perfect place to visit for first-nighters suffering from jet-lag in Tokyo. Acitivity begins around 3:00 am when the first loads of fish are brought up the river and upload.

The fish are then sorted by type and weight. Frozen tuna, such as these, have the heads and tails chopped off and identified with red ink. Here an auctioneer is checking the first line up of tuna.

An auction beginning at 5:00 am is a frenzied non-stop cacophany of hands and shouts as the fish are auctioned off to restuarants and stores.

By 5:30 it's over, time to head to a local noodle house and have a fresh seafood breakfast. And one of the most unusual things about the market is that is does not smell fishy!

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