ET TUNA?

Photos: The last New Year’s tuna auction at Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market

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Earlier today (Jan. 5) a time-honored, cash-crazed tradition came to an end: Tsukiji Fish Market’s annual auction of the year’s first bluefin tuna.

Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market supplies the world’s top sushi restaurants with high-grade fish, and every year, buyers place exorbitant bids for the year’s first tuna. This year, one prized fish went for 14 million JPY ($117,590). Only three years ago, one tuna at the first auction sold for nearly $2 million.

This was the last year for the annual spectacle at the market’s 80-year-old home in Tsukiji. In November, the market will relocate to the city’s Toyosu district, in anticipation of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

See photos of the final Tsukiji New Year’s auction:

first tuna auction of the year at the Tsukiji fish market
Pre-auction examination. (EPA/Franck Robichon)
first tuna auction of the year at the Tsukiji fish market
A wholesaler inspects frozen tuna before the first auction of the year. (EPA/Franck Robichon)
A bluefin tuna sold for the amount of 14 million yen is served at the Sushizanmai sushi restaurant in Tokyo
Masaki Kimura (left) cuts the sold tuna. (EPA/Kiyoshi Ota)
A bluefin tuna sold for the amount of 14 million yen is served at the Sushizanmai sushi restaurant in Tokyo
A staff member holds up a cut. (EPA/Kiyoshi Ota)
A bluefin tuna sold for the amount of 14 million yen is served at the Sushizanmai sushi restaurant in Tokyo
Kiyoshi Kimura, president of sushi restaurant chain store operator Kiyomura Co., poses with his tuna. (EPA/Kiyoshi Ota)
A bluefin tuna sold for the amount of 14 million yen is served at the Sushizanmai sushi restaurant in Tokyo
A sushi chef serves pieces of the 200-kilogram bluefin tuna sold for $117,000. (EPA/Kiyoshi Ota)
first tuna auction of the year at the Tsukiji fish market
Tsukiji market at dawn. (EPA/Franck Robichon)
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