Tsukiji Wholesale Market ‘Tokyo’s Kitchen’

This month, the friendly bunch of the ‘old lens club’ organised a visit to a festival at the shrine next to the old wholesale market. This is the last of the annual festival before the market is relocated to another part of Tokyo before the year’s end. My father used to run a family business in a market of this kind in Osaka. So it was with this sense of nostalgia I got to walk around the old market just as they closed up for the week on Saturday afternoon.

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market
‘The Salt Store’

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market

Cobblestones glow under the soft lights from skylight. It is a magical place.

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market
Inside and around the fish market section, there are stores selling some pretty serious cutleries…

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market

築地中央卸売市場 Tsukiji Tokyo Wholesale Market

Outside on the street leading up to the shrine, crowds were building up. The festival was about to start. It was a relatively small-scale festival but unique in that it is a shrine that oversees the market and its businesses.

築地獅子祭 Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri

築地獅子祭 Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri

In the nearby neighbourhood, there was also children’s festival.

Children's Festival - Tsukiji

In the coffee shop I got to try an old Russian cinema lens. It produced gorgeous images. I’m totally sold.

PO3-3M 50mm F2

PO3-3M 50mm F2

PO3-3M 50mm F2
It was a good day out. Great walk in the market, coming across some festival action and some silly moments.

cat of the market

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