At Sushi Jin restaurant on Memorial, they get their hamachi via Air Japan from the Tokyo fish market. It sounds incredible, but as the market for seafood becomes increasingly globalized, Tokyo has become everybody’s Central Market for fish.
Each morning, tens of thousands of tons of seafood from every ocean on the planet converge for a few hours at the Tsukiji, as the Tokyo fish market is known, to be quickly auctioned to the highest bidder and whisked away by jet.
In his 2004 book Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World, Theodore C. Bestor took a look at the complex relationships and global logistics involved in running the world’s largest fish market. – Robb Walsh
Find out more about Sushi Jin in this week’s Café section.
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