Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market closed its doors on October 6th 2018 after an 83 year run. It was a day filled with emotions: many market workers have chosen to retire on this day, and many more are unhappy with the government’s decision to relocate the market to Toyosu. It was also a day filled with uncertainty for the neighboring outer market which will remain in its current location. Will tourists still visit once the inner market is gone? These shopkeepers’ livelihoods hang in the balance.
I made this set of photographs on October 6th 2018, Tsukiji’s final day of business. They were first published in the November 2018 print issue of Metropolis magazine in Japan.