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Fishmongers mourn closure of famous Tokyo fish market

Takako Arai's earliest memories are of Tsukiji, playing hide-and-seek with her brother in the concrete maze of Tokyo's sprawling fish market. Years later, she now runs the family's seafood stall that sells mackerel and yellowfin tuna.
Arai and hundreds of other fish traders are reluctantly packing up and preparing to leave Tsukiji this week for a gleaming new $5 billion market on reclaimed land farther from central Tokyo.
"I feel torn. I grew up here and I feel like we're losing so much of our history by leaving this place," said Arai, 45.
Fishmongers mourn closure of famous Tokyo fish market
Wholesalers gather during an auction at Tsukiji market in Tokyo on March 22, 1954. Photo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government/via REUTERS
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