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Tokyo’s Freshest Sushi | Tsukiji Fishmarket

Eurgh. Stupid alarm clock. It’s 4 o’ clock in the morning. I don’t think I’ve got up this early since… ever. Honestly, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. Today we are off
to explore the world’s largest fish market, It’s often described as
one of the must see things to do in Japan. And though I’ve been a few times before, I’ve never really been
into the market in the morning rush hour But fortunately, a friend who works for a popular sushi chain, has offered to take us in and show us behind the scenes firsthand. So I think, I can justify getting up this early… Just this once. Let’s go. Over 2,000 tons of marine products are
handled at Tsukiji fish market everyday. Due to the dangerously chaotic atmosphere tourists
aren’t actually allowed in until 9am. However, thanks to our friend Mr Kondo,
we were given some magic orange clothing, so we could access the entire market. And almost get run over. It’s like some sort of video game.
Or obstacle course. One wrong move could end in tragedy. Being in here feels like being underwater. The atmosphere is very damp – the air is quite damp.
It’s such a bustling atmosphere. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere quite like this ever. With the tuna auction due to begin at 5.30,
we headed over early to first inspect the fish. It’s quite weird to be stood right here in the middle,
of literally hundreds of tuna. I’ve seen this on tv and videos and things all the time, but to be here for the first time in person is quite surreal. And it’s such a weird atmosphere Everybody inspecting the fish.
Examining them so thoroughly. In ways that I can’t even begin to comprehend. How many people can you feed with one fish? One sushi….12 grams. One piece of sushi is 12 grams.
How many sushi with that. Maybe 3,000 pieces. 3,000 pieces! With one fish? With one fish? One fish. Woah.
Oh my god. That’s quite a lot! With the buyers having inspected the tuna for freshness and fat content and settling on their price, the bell began to ring signalling the start of the auction. Buyers would quietly show their bid
with a simple hand gesture. The first tuna had been sold in just 10 seconds. Everything happens so fast.
They kind of do that with their fingers
and it’s sold, it’s gone. The auction has been going on for about 6 minutes
and already half of the tuna have been carted off. Off to their new owners to
be chopped up and sold at tasty profit. The largest and most prized tuna came in
at 200 kilograms, and was sold for a remarkable 2.6 million yen. Not surprising given that this one fish could literally feed the 5,000. Having witnessed the most intense
and fast paced auction I’d ever seen, and our tuna being carted off,
it now made sense to go and give the tuna a real send off. So later that evening we headed for Itamae sushi, where we found our friend Kondo san outside,
with his brand new haircut. Along with the catch of the day
and lots of impressed passers by. It’s getting a good reaction from the street.
Everyone’s looking and being amazed. Itamae sushi has a reputation
for having a ruthless pursuit of delicious sushi. Every January the restaurant chain holds a ceremony
to bless their first tuna catch of the year Showing their appreciation to the tuna and
bringing Itamae sushi good fortune throughout the year. A ritual that fish and chips shops
in the UK would do well to consider. And tonight, the restaurant would be holding an event where customers could watch the freshly caught
being skillfully carved and prepared. But before the event we decided to kick things off
with a few pieces of sushi. That looks rather exotic.
Everyone’s taking pictures. Take the picture!
Go on! The speed is phenomenal! And it was all going well until my friend and I were
dared to eat a large shrimp – a large shrimp that was still alive. So they’re bringing out live shrimp for us to eat.
I don’t know if I can actually do it. I’ll just be sick. I was actually quite excited but now I regret it. Shit.。 From excitement to dread. Look at what just arrived. I genuinely don’t think I can eat that. Who is going to be the first to try it? I don’t know how to eat it –
as I supposed to remove the head? After a few minutes
the chef generously removed the head. Oh the tale is moving. Okay ready, 1, 2 , 3. Ah it tastes good. Very good. I feel a bit like Gollum eating that. But it was pretty good.
Once the head had been taken off. But when it was moving around, that was terrifying. But yeah it was alright. Unfortunately though,
it turned out I still had to eat the head. The head…it can’t be edible.
It can’t be edible surely. Which is the best way to eat it.
That way or that way? Eat it all! Look at his little eyes.
He’s saying “Don’t eat me. I was killed 5 minutes ago.” Come on! It’s got a bit of a crunch. Oh fuck me. It’s crunchy. It’s better than I was expecting. Having successfully pretended
to enjoy eating the shrimp – it was time to see the freshly caught tuna being carved. In many ways I’m not sure what was more impressive. Seeing the gigantic tuna being carved up
to reveal the delicious raw meat. Or the overexcited reaction
from the huge crowd of customers. It took 20 minutes to carve the tuna and as the sushi chefs went to work preparing the sushi. We were able to scoop out the
remaining tender raw fish using seashells. No way. He’s scooping it out with a seashell. Look at that. We’re going to scoop the tuna
with this seashell…scoop it out. Wow. It’s really really easy to do. But not when you’ve got a camera under your arm. Very very good. Having waited all day, it was time
to try the freshly caught prepared tuna. Oh yeah!
That’s wahat I’m talking about. That’s brilliant. So good! Such an awesome texture. I need to think of some more adjectives to describe it! Delicious, outstanding, magical, perfect… Like a magic. So that was Itamae sushi
– one of the best sushi restaurants I’ve been to in Tokyo so far. Its absolutely delicious,
I highly recommend going its a chain you can find throughout Tokyo. And it’s so fresh!
Straight out of Tsukiji fish market!. Unfortunately the legendary Tsukiji fish market will be relocating in November 2016, so if you have the chance make sure
you go and check it out before the year is out. Thanks for watching guys –
now let us never speak of getting up, at 4am again. Oh my god.

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100 thoughts on “Tokyo’s Freshest Sushi | Tsukiji Fishmarket

  1. If I have a deadly allergy to shellfish would you say it’s possible for me to go to Japan and still eat most places?

  2. I have seen all your videos up to the one two days ago, but I keep rewatching just for the brilliant, subtly nostalgic cinematography <3

  3. So…. Is it safe to eat frozen/thawed fish in the west? I literally have no place near me that would get fresh caught fish.

  4. When Jesus was preaching and the disciples found that boy's food, they weren't Whiting; they were definitely Tuna.

  5. And after a lot of perturbations the market is still in Tsukiji… Last year the move was postponed for this year's autumn, I wonder how's that going. I hope it will still be in Tsukiji when I finally make my trip to Japan sometime soon.

  6. There's a lot of raw foods in Japanese cuisine from what I've seen in this channel…… Won't it cause some sort of poisoning or at least an upset tummy, tbh?

  7. i find american auctioneers interesting, but hearing asian auctioneers is just amazing, reminds me how cool fellow asians and ASIA is.

    Wow i watch a sushi tour for the auctioneer

  8. It's tragic to see such large tuna that were fished. It takes so long for tuna to grow that large, so they're being fished way faster than they can reproduce. Sad

  9. I'm actually waiting in line right now for a sushi restaurant in the tsukiji market. I got here at 3 a.m and the current wait time is 3 1/2 hours.

  10. Is fresh sushi actually better? I was under the impression from watching Jiro dreams of sushi and some old Bourdain, that it is best aged in a freezer.

  11. The last time I tried raw sushi, was when I had nigiri at this Japanese restaurant. Needless to say, the taste was alright but I'm not the biggest fan of raw fish texture like that. I can eat it in a roll form but I'd prefer not to know.

  12. I had no idea that tuna was that massive until I watched this video. For some reason, I thought tuna was about salmon sized.

  13. 6:19 Rock and pool is nice and cool so juicy sweet! To catch a fish! And eat it quick! So juicy, sweeet! Gollum, gollum.

    That tuna's so red though, holy crap. It's like beef. You don't see meat like that from lake fish.

  14. I can picture his stomach after he eats the head going "what the actual fuck is this m8? You absolute walnut the hell are you feeding me"

  15. I thought it was weird to eat the head as well, especially since the one I ate had huge antennae that were still moving, but it’s the best part!

  16. The shrimp were already dead in any case. Once the spinal fluid was taken out the first time it's an instant kill. The jumps you saw Were the remaining brain activity, spinal fluid stuff to the head (at this point still intact) but it was dead. Properly dead when the head was removed.

  17. I’d love to try actual, authentic sushi made by a trained, Japanese sushi chef. At the moment the best I can manage is supermarket sushi, which is not really worth bothering with.

  18. Work In the oilfield out here in west Texas and you’ll be up by 3:30am to be our im the field by 5am and get home by 8-9pm and just repeat it lol

  19. But like top sushi chefs will say fresh fish doesn't taste good. Most of the stuff is actually cured fish or frozen so the tissue breaks down a bit.

  20. I’d love to try Sushi, but I’ve seen horror videos here on YouTube of people finding worms in their sushi! 🤢🤮
    And in another video some guy was looking through packaged sushi in a supermarket, and was shocked to see a worm crawling around on the fish meat inside the package! So while I do want to try sushi at some point in my life, I’m also quite hesitant of doing so, because of those videos. I can never un-see what I saw in those videos. Those images will stay with me to the grave!

  21. I'm so sad Tsukiji market has or is about to close. My dream is to go to Japan, but haven't been able to due to moving 18 times and having abusive parents. ;-;

  22. So how is this safe to eat? I understand regular "sushi-grade" fish is frozen to extremely cold temperatures to kill parasites, but clearly they're eating this stuff raw. What are the odds of getting sick?

  23. Yeah. Sometimes get up that early for work. Don't recommend it. It's not a usual thing so I never get used to it. You looked far more chipper than I do.

  24. I'm pretty sure I've seen this video before but youtube has forgotten about it — but it's the first time I've noticed that it's Charles from Yummy Japan in the video 😀

  25. "let us never speak of getting up at 4am again"

    Dude i work morning shifits this summer replacing the usual workers so that i could go to Japan earlier this year ;_;. 4 AM every day

  26. 寿司は新鮮なのが良いというのは、大間違い、生々しいだけ。江戸前が最強。

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