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So long, Tsukiji!

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.

All photos taken with Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35/2.5 PII on Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

Tuna auction is a major tourist attraction
Tuna auction
Yummmm
Turret trucks are a major mode of transportation inside the market
inside the Tsukiji Inner Market
Turret truck and ice-maker
Tsukiji Inner Market
Tsukiji Inner Market
A back alley in Tsukiji Inner Market
Tsukiji Inner Market

Personally it’s sad to see Tsukiji close, but I am also excited about the new Toyosu market, which just started operation on 11th October. I can’t wait to visit Tokyo again!

Khlong Toei Market, Bangkok (Part 3) – The People and the Goods

Check out Part 1 Part 2 if you haven’t already!

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

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

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.

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA
Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

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.

Getting fresh coconut water // Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

After the refreshment, I went on shooting for a while…

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA
Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

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.

Old and New // Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

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! 🙂

Khlong Toei Market, Bangkok (Part 2) – Chaotic Bikes

Note – This is Part 2 of my experience at Khlong Toei Market, see Part 1 for more.

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.

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

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.

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA
Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

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.

Khlong Toei Market, Bangkok (Part 1) – Getting to the Market

Last year during my annual trip to Bangkok, I had some free time and decided to go to a place I have only heard before – Khlong Toei Market.

Named as “best-kept secret in Bangkok” and “the kitchen of Bangkok”, Khlong Toei Market has a lot of fresh ingredients to offer, meat, fish, vegetables, spices, rice etc.

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

Luckily getting to the market is not difficult at all, just ride the MRT (subway) to Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre station. Go up at the nearest exit, cross the bridge and here you are.

Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre // Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA
Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

After crossing bridge, you will be greeted with the indoor part of the market. There are not many stores opened in the afternoon when I visited, I imagine it would be very busy in the morning.

Leica M2, Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 PII, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA

Walk past that, you will see the market in its true form – local, chaotic, and refreshing. After stepping in, I cannot help but be amazed and started shooting away.

More photos of the market in Part 2!