Traditional Lucky Tuna Sells for $117,000 Ending the Era of Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market, a top destination for tourists and sushi masters alike, has sold the year’s first bluefin tuna weighing in at 200 kilograms (440 pounds) for $117,000.

The first fish of the year is nothing unique (although the bluefin is an endangered species), but it is believed to be lucky to win the first one sold in the year.

The winning party, restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura is no stranger to winning the New Year auction.

Kimura has won five New Year auctions in a row, including a headline grabbing world record setting bid of $1.76 million in 2013.

The Tsukiji Fish Market, which has been in business since the 1920s, is moving from the banks of Tokyo’s Sumida River this coming November.

The market’s vendors will move southwest along the bay to a new spot in the Toyosu district while leaving the Tsukiji name behind.

“It makes it even more memorable [to win the auction] considering that this is the final year,” Kimura told the Wall Street Journal.



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