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 chose 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 businesses. Will tourists still visit once the inner market is gone? These shopkeepers’ livelihoods hang in the balance.
I made these 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.