The curtain has just closed in the world famous Tsukiji Inner Market in Tokyo on 6th October, after over 80 years of operation. I have been posting photos shot in Tsukiji market on my instagram for a few weeks now. The photos are taken during my Eastern Japan trip in 2016. I thought it will be great to post the photos altogether here as a tribute.
After getting used to sharing the road with motorcycles and bicycles, I began shooting. It was a very busy Monday afternoon, I can barely stop and have to keep moving while shooting.
Foreigners like me are a rare sight there – “normal” tourists would not want to step in this “filthy” market… LOL
There are tons of vegetables, meat available, some I haven’t seen before and there could not name. I was particularly intrigued by the bright chilli colours.
Under very bright sunlight, I already felt exhausted and dehydrated after 15 minutes, I managed to get fresh coconut water from this lady, it was 25 baht for 1 cup. I didn’t encounter another place selling drinks in the market… I was lucky.
After the refreshment, I went on shooting for a while…
In the end, I was extremely happy and lucky to visit here at a busy time, the shooting experience is definitely memorable, and I will definitely visit again!
At one end of the market, you can clearly see the posh glass windows of the National Convention Centre, it was quite a contrast. I wonder if the market would be replaced with modern buildings in the future.
That wraps up my adventure in Khlong Toei Market in Bangkok, I plan to share more photos I took in Bangkok in the future, stay tuned! 🙂
After going in the Khlong Toei Market, the first thing I needed to get used to is the bikes. At the market, motorcycles, bicycles share the road with pedestrians, which is not common at all in Hong Kong. Later I found out some markets in Taiwan are also like that. But at that time it felt unsettling sharing the road with motorcycles.
Luckily the road is fairly wide and I could concentrate on the street and the market themselves, rather than paying attention to avoid the motorcycles.
As you may notice in the photos, the road is quite wet and slippery at the market, some people might be put off by it, but for me it felt just like heaven, an endless street photo heaven.
Next part you will see more photos of the markets, what they sell here and more.
After a week of relative visiting and drowning in sweat, I am finally back home. Very happy to report I have shot most of my films that were brought. Because of the great sunny weather in Bangkok, I didn’t have a chance to expose the 120 Provia 400X.