Japan’s Tsukiji Fish Market

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fish1 Recently, we visited Fish market at Tsukiji.  As the Crash camp of KMD was held in Harumi area which is close to Tsukiji, some of us decided to visit the fish market.  (We need to go there before 6:00 a.m. to watch the auction as there is a limit of  people who can go and watch.

We were green vest to show that we are “approved” visitors. )

Several faculty members and students who were dedicated enough to get up before 5:00 a.m. on the last day of KMD Crash camp, gathered at the lobby of the hotel and walked over to the fish market.


fish2What a sight!  I was fascinated by how the MC handled the auction for tuna.  You can see tuna (frozen) sitting on the boxes on the floor and many restaurant people (I suppose) gathered and auctioned off one by one.  I could not understand what they were saying as they just showed hands and the voice sounded rather alien (though I could tell it was somewhat related to the price!).

After the main event of tuna auction, we browsed around, window shopping? kitchen utensils, footwear and apparel for fish market, food of various kinds.  I love these gadgets and ended up buying the stone for sharpening knife.  (It was a bit heavy but I wanted to get one to keep my knives always sharp!)

Then we went into one of the small places for breakfast, and had Donburi (bowl of rice) with fresh seafood.  (Some students went to have sushi.)  It was so good. I then had skewerd square egg omelette (I love egg dishes!) which was absolutely GREAT!

Yoko Ishikura
Yoko Ishikura is a Professor at Hitotsubashi University ICS in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Japan. She has held positions as a professor at the School of International Politics, Economics and Business of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, as a consultant at McKinsey and Company Inc. Japan and a visiting professor at Darden School.

Professor Ishikura is a consultant to a number of multinational companies and has been a frequent speaker at management conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world. She was a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee for the Japanese government and the International Competitiveness Commission for METI. She is currently a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

She is the author of Strategic Shift from OR choices to AND paradigm, Building Core Skills of Organization , and the co-author of the following publications: Managing Diversity in the 21st Century, Strategy for Cluster Initiatives in Japan , and Building a Career to the World Class Professionals – all in Japanese. Her books in English include: Asian Advantage, Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management and Trust and Antitrust in Asian Business Alliances.

Professor Ishikura’s current research interests are focused on global competition, innovation, and knowledge management. She received her BA from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; MBA from Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; and DBA from Harvard Business School.
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One Response to Japan’s Tsukiji Fish Market

  1. Valerie Hamer September 27, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    It’s a great place to visit and well worth the early start. Your post brought back lots of good memories of my time living in Tokyo. The day I went to the fish market I passed my local bar where friends were still drinking as I went for the first train!

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