This past month the famous Tsukiji market on Tokyo has been moved. First time I went was visiting my parent in 1976, you get into the market then, if you woke up very early, and walk around inside, It got too busy, too many tourists and inside became less accessible. But the outside was fun too, deliveries were ongoing all the time, which is true of Tokyo in general where there tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of little businesses requiring daily if not multi daily deliveries.
And one thing about business in Tokyo is that is highly competitive, freshness and style are desired qualities and space is always at a premium.
These little delivery vehicles, called “tarrets” tear around the market moving fish from one place to another.
Here is a link to a Youtube 30 minute video ( Women Do Sushi Too, NHK, Inside Lens Series, May 2018) made by my sister (Deborah DeSnoo) on Japanese women itamae (sushi chefs) which includes footage of a visit to the old Tsukiji fishmarket accompanying a woman itamae buying the daily fish.
Following are some memories I had last May.
Not everyone uses the powered vehicle, some do it the old fashioned way
I have not been to the new market, but I hope these are not left behind.
4 thoughts on “Tarrets tearing around, Addio the old”
There’s a wonderful video of the tarrets “migrating” to the new market! I recall it was early morning so no other traffic.
thank you for your comment, I searched for a link to the video you mentioned, but I could not find it, can you post please it , I wold like to see it. Steve
Just added it. Not sure which one I’d seen before. Almost a scene from a Murakami novel
Okay, let’s try this again: