The Great Kantō earthquake of 1923 devastated much of central Tokyo, including the Nihonbashi fish market. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the fish market was relocated to the Tsukiji district and, after the construction of a market facility, Tsukiji market began operations in 1935. Under the care of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tsukiji was the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It was also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind, anywhere. Famous for its tuna actions, the market was the global sushi industry’s lifeline and an economic engine for Japan.
Sayonara Tsukiji is a short form photo essay documenting the economy of Tsukiji Market prior to its closure in October of 2018.