Tsukiji (築地) is a district of Chūō, Tokyo, Japan, the site of the Tsukiji fish market. Literally meaning "reclaimed land," it lies near the Sumida River on land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay in the 18th century, during the Edo period.
Today it is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.
With it's bustling outer market, crammed with food stalls, sushi bars, knife shops and a myriad of other vendors selling everything from freshly ground coffee to square wooden sake cups - and it's famed inner market selling daily up to 700,000 metric tonnes of seafood every year - Tsukiji fish market is located minutes from one of the worlds most expensive shopping districts - Ginza.
Air-conditioned plazas selling Gucci handbags sidling next to bloody streams of fish water flooding nearby drains, is one of the many juxtaposition Tokyo has to offer. A city that lives with an ability to represent the human state of contradiction with high style and science fiction wonder.