The Tsukiji market, located in Tsukaymi, Tokyo’s center, between the Sumida River and the upmarket Ginza shopping area, closed down permanently on October 6, 2018. This was a huge loss for the city, as the Tsukiji fish market was not only the world’s largest fish market but also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo.
Backing a brief history, Tokyo’s first Metropolitan Central Wholesale Markets Tsukiji Fish Market was founded in Edo in Nihonbashi. Ieyasu Tokugawa granted fishers the authority to fish and sell their catch there, allowing it to develop as a fish market. The Great Kanto earthquake, however, destroyed the fish market in 1923. Tokyo’s government then established a temporary market at Tsukiji, which became the current Tsukiji Fish Market.
In 2001, the market was moved to Toyosu Market in Tokyo Bay, its current location. The new location was much larger than the original site and soon became a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. General customers and tourists may visit the market to purchase or consume food. It became the world’s largest wholesale fish market when it opened on 11 October 2018. It is also one of the world’s biggest wholesale food markets, in terms of either size or scope.
After its complete demolition of the Tsukiji Fish Market, artists of the immersive photographic studio Futures Cities, Ruben Fro (3D creator), Cody Ellingham (photographer), and SJF (sound artist), respectively, have created a tribute short film that transports audiences back to the market. Using thousands of photographs they shot and archived images allow to create an immersive artwork that explores the “Memories of Tsukiji” and provide a second virtual existence to the famous market and its exuberance, with the time of a day.
Images: © Future Cities: Ruben Fro / Cody Ellingham / SJF.