Year’s final trading at Tsukiji market – News – NHK WORLD
Buyers crowded Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale food market on the last trading day of the year. The facility will be relocated to a new site next year after operating in its present location close to the fashionable Ginza shopping district for about 8 decades.
Sellers were busy from early Saturday supplying New Year’s delicacies including seafood.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced in June a basic plan to move the market southeast to Toyosu. On December 20th, a council set up by the Tokyo government and businesses decided to open the new premises on October 11th next year.
Workers participated in traditional year-end cleaning. Staff at one stall that has operated for 60 years in the market began washing down the refrigerators and floor after trading finished around 7 AM.
They celebrated the year’s end with a brief hand-clapping ritual.
Company president Naohide Kametani said he worried about the market’s future at the beginning of the year, but is relieved the relocation plan has been finalized.
He said he will continue to work hard next year to provide shoppers with excellent seafood.
The first auction of the New Year will be held on January 5th.