Why move to new place?
The Tsukiji market opened in 1935 and has become one of the most popular spots among foreign tourists and the number of people visiting the area has increased recently. The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that the Tsukiji market will close on November 2, 2016 and its replacement will open on November 7, 2016 in Toyosu because of safety concerns.
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The Tsukiji market has a history of 80 years. It has always provided tuna, various fish and seafood to dining tables in Tokyo. But the market’s aging facilities have deteriorated, lack of space and the decrepit buildings, in some cases to the point where they pose a hazard. For that reasons, they need to redevelop it in a new environment.
The Tsukiji Market has two main areas, the Inner Market and the Outer Market. The Inner Market is the wholesale market, and that is where the fish auction takes place. The Outer Market is a shopping district with a collection of small specialty stores. They sell fruits, vegetables, seafoods, meats and kitchen tools. The Inner Market will move to new place of Toyosu, but the relocation plan does not include the Outer Market.
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The Tsukiji market will move to more modern facilities in Toyosu, Koto Ward in Tokyo. So on November 2, 2016, the market will close the doors on its 80 years history as it prepares to move to a new location in the Toyosu of Tokyo. The new Toyosu market will then open on November 7, 2016. The Toyosu market has a site area of approximately 40.7 hectares and still under construction. But it’s really hard work because they have only 4 days to move from Tsukiji to Toyosu. The Tsukiji market, dealing with more than 2,140 tons of fishery products a day and 1,211 tons of fruit and vegetable products a day, will relocate in it’s entirety within this short period!
Why choose Toyosu?
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The prerequisites for the move to a new location, site area, easily accessible, quality control and sanitation control, which the new location at Toyosu provides. The Tsukiji market is open 24hours/7days with about 42,000 people and 19,000 vehicles going in and out each day, so they chose Toyosu from the viewpoint of cost, transportation time and to improve efficiency. Also, the new Toyosu location is close to the trading area of Tsukiji.
The future of Tsukiji market
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The new Tsukiji Uogashi (Japanese: 築地魚河岸) will open on October 15, 2016 and about 60 from the Tsukiji Inner Market, 400 stores in the Outer Market will stay in current location.
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What meaning does Tsukiwaza? Tsukiwaza means Culture and professional of Tsukiji. The Tsukiwaza project will start on May 2016, introduce Tsukiwaza of each stores and hold a seminar and an event on food. They are grappling with the new challenge of how to establish a new brand while preserving the existing Tsukiji and how to liven up new Tsukiji, which carries over 80 years of history and tradition.