Created in 1935 (though legend says the riverside fish market existed as far back as the 16th century), Tsukiji is the biggest fish market in the world, and home to one of the few remaining tuna auctions. After all these years, it remains a shrine to the religion of fish (though many of the mongers within are not necessarily devout believers in sustainability). The market bustles with intensity each morning, with blood-soaked butchering tables, spiny lobsters nestled in ice, baby eels writhing in tanks, and huge albacore. Visitors used to be able to stroll through the wholesale area, but that is no longer the case, unless they are escorted by a buyer (as we were) However, passersby are allowed to watch the tuna auction from a designated area for a specified time. The freshest sushi can be had here (for breakfast) at several stalls outside of the wholesale area. Also on the outskirts of the market are stalls devoted to chefs’ knives, serving ware, pottery, and cookbooks.