Last fall I visited Tokyo and returned to Tsukiji. It wasn't same.
Half of one block had been demolished, a tall construction wooden fence installed where closely packed stalls used to vie for customers. Walking up the block, the feeling was just as before. A crowded sidewalk filled with hungry people, checking what was offered by the food vendors, deciding what taste treat they wanted that day.
Inside the market, vendors called out in Japanese, advertising their fresh tuna sashimi, grilled scallops, steamed clams and sea urchin (uni) sliders.
The little kitchen supply store was still there, as were stalls selling ceramic tea cups and kettles.
But there was definitely a feeling that the end was coming, a feeling echoed by news that the market will be totally gone by the fall this year.
So, if you are traveling to Japan and you have a stop in Tokyo, definitely stop at Tsukiji so you can s…