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The Tsukiji Fish Market might be gone, but its memories live on in Kotaku articles and in digital recreations. The short film Memories of Tsukiji, which premieres this December in Tokyo, brings the market to life thanks to photogrammetry and point cloud technology. More info on the movie’s official site


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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The Tsukiji Fish Market might be gone

I mean, it’s not like the actual fish market stopped happening. It’s still totally a thing. They just moved it to a new location, and some people are sad about it because they value nostalgia for old crumbling buildings over new ones.

“But it’s not the same!” Well, sure. But different doesn’t mean bad. There are lots of upsides to the new location at Toyosu.

The people who are most upset are the tourists, because that’s what was affected the most. But the actual fishermen and fish merchants who the market exists to serve get a lot of benefit from the new Toyosu market location.

The only constant is change, and we all need to work to accept that.