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November 30, 2005

Men Cut Maguro with Long Blade

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As we were walking about Tsukiji we had an overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to expect next. A forklift could turn into you, a huge fish could be in its final death throws, or three mean could be seen hacking away at a giant tuna with what appeared to be a sword. Crazy.

 

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November 29, 2005

Gutted Maguro

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Forgive me father, for I have sinned. It has been five days since my last posting. Too much turkey at Thanksgiving must have gone off to my head. This week I shall do a short series on tuna.

Here you can see like when the tuna is whole, sans head and tail of course. Why this guy is off by himself on a box, I'm not sure. Perhaps he's special somehow!

 

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November 23, 2005

Creatures From the Deep

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Too bad it is Thanksgiving and not Halloween. This picture I feel would have been very apropos. There aren't many things that make my stomach squirm, but I have to say that seeing something else's stomach squirm can induce a little sympathetic motion.

I am nearly certain that the sign says these are "アニコツ" (anikotsu) but I haven't been able to find a definition for that word anywhere. For all I know this is Japanese fisherman slang for, "scary looking as hell, but probably good on rice." Anybody out there have a clue what these nasties are? Extra points if you can tell me if they are good eats!

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

UPDATE: My friend Satoshi wrote in to tell me how my near certainty was certainly wrong. The sign reads, "アンコウ." They are still disgusting looking although I am warming up to the idea that properly prepared it could, perhaps, taste good.

 

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November 21, 2005

Roe

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Let's keep it orange. Does this picture make you appetized or disgusted?

It was really interesting to see these in still shaped like a tube just as they were unpacked from the fish. Now that's fresh!

 

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Fashionable Red Snapper

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I think these are red snapper, but I don't think I had ever seen red snapper with such big eyes before. Several of them had nose rings like the one in the middle, above. I thought that that had made them very fashionable.

 

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November 17, 2005

Tenative Disapproval

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It is impossible to capture the true sense of scale of Tsukijii. Imagine what genuinely feels like unending rows and rows of fish stalls with walking paths barely a person wide being shared between shopper and forklift alike. Qiuet does not exist here naturally, it must be created and saved in moments such as these.

 

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November 16, 2005

Bloody Eels

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Tsukiji is an intense carpet bombing upon the senses. Color, smell, sound, and millions and millions of small deaths in a square kilometer of fishy Auschwitz. It may be graphic but it is sure is good on rice.

 

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November 14, 2005

Fish Wallah

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Clean little pans of silvery little fishes.

 

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November 11, 2005

Tako Butt

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Okay, okay I know this isn't actually the octopus's butt. Butt once the title came to me, I couldn't shake it loose.

 

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Geoduck Clam

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Technically definitely not the best picture in the world, but I wanted to share it with y'all because I love these little critters: the geoduck clam. Did you know they can live up to nearly 150 years? Well...not these guys anyway.

 

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