The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter


Or rather late. Sorry I`ve not been here for a while. I`ve been to Kanazawa but more of that later.

Exactly a week ago as part of my tour guide duties for my friend Andy`s visit I got him and his girlfriend up at stupid O`clock in the morning and went down to Tsukiji fish market with them. Tsukiji is the largest wholesale fish market on the planet and one of Tokyo`s essential sights. It is also, I have since learnt, perhaps one of the least entertaining of places to wander around when you are still massively jet-lagged. The sensory overload of noisy shouted mayhem, macabre dripping blood from the chopping blocks on which two metre long knives rested, polished like samurai swords and the row upon row upon row of squirming, condemned fish, not to mention the extremely dangerous carts that racket around all over the place, may have been all a little too much for them.

Ironic really as the increase in tourists is becoming a little much for Tsukiji. Some tourists it seems act very badly when they visit: getting in the way; touching the fish, or more incredibly rudely standing on the huge tuna that are lined up for auction.  The market has grown rather tired of all these inconveniences so much so that tourists are now banned from the tuna auction hall. Which is a shame as I really wanted to show my friends that. We had a peak in from the door however and the rest of the market is well worth visiting so if you head this way and have recovered sufficiently from the whiplash of jet travel, go – you won`t be disappointed.

Off to work now talk to you later.



4 responses

  1. This is a fantastic picture, though, great shot! Did you have to shoot it from a doorway, or did you have access to the area where this was taken?

    November 8, 2007 at 3:33 pm

  2. BTW, I am starting a project to identify “People Who Love” in many different countries and cultures and tell their stories. I would really appreciate your help getting the word out. I’ve made a simple website at with the basic info. If you have any ideas about people who could help pass this on (bloggers, people living in far off places, etc.) please pass this on.

    November 8, 2007 at 3:34 pm

  3. Hiya Andy, No it was shot in the main Tsukiji area, no access restrictions. Hardest thing was holding the camera steady for the 1/15 of a second exposure. Or somthing like that it was a few years ago. Funny when I went back this time I was getting incredibly low shutter speeds (even with 400asa film pushed to 800) I don`t remember the speeds being that low before and certainly it seems hard to believe that I could have taken any of the, actually quite good, shots I already have at such speeds.
    Will have a look at your site for the project info after which lets meet for a beer and go shooting and discuss all thing snappery.

    November 8, 2007 at 10:55 pm

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