I have to interrupt the postings on Israel to share some photographs on Japan fresh off the camera. I will return to the theme of Israel (and then Cambodia). Promise!
Tsukiji fish market is my favourite place in Japan. Nowadays tourists are not allowed into the fish market until 9AM. By that time the auction on tuna is already over, and most of the tuna are already cut up and shipped off. But one can still see quite a few of the tuna lying around. One that we saw, at 85 kg, was a mere baby, or at most a juvenile, because they could grow up to 500 kg and more - as big as a cow.
There were also big fish heads being cleaned, frosty chunks of meat just cut up with electric saws, and, of course, succulent pieces of deep red tuna. I heard that hundreds of these big tunas are sold here every day. Since no one has figured out yet how to farm big tuna in a large scale, this rate of consumption is not sustainable. It is evidenced by the fact that big tunas at more than 300 kg are getting rarer and rarer.
As much as I like to eat tuna, I like it more to see these majestic giants zipping along in the ocean. If that means giving up eating tuna, so be it.
They have much more than tuna, of course. Huge scallops. Monster octopi - just look at the size of those suckers on the right, and imagine the size of the octopus that those suckers belong to. You don't want to encounter them in the water.
Lots of lots of funny looking fish too. I love this place. I could stay here for a long time, just watching.