Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World

Overview

Located only blocks from Tokyo's glittering Ginza shopping district, Tsukiji -- the world's largest seafood market -- is a famous landmark for sushi chefs, fishmongers, and foreign tourists alike. In this absorbing ethnographic study, Theodore C. Bestor -- who has done fieldwork since 1989 at fish markets and fishing ports in Japan, North America, Korea, and Europe -- explains the complex social institutions that organize Tsukiji's hundreds of morning auctions. His portrait of the marketplace is set against ...
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Overview

Located only blocks from Tokyo's glittering Ginza shopping district, Tsukiji -- the world's largest seafood market -- is a famous landmark for sushi chefs, fishmongers, and foreign tourists alike. In this absorbing ethnographic study, Theodore C. Bestor -- who has done fieldwork since 1989 at fish markets and fishing ports in Japan, North America, Korea, and Europe -- explains the complex social institutions that organize Tsukiji's hundreds of morning auctions. His portrait of the marketplace is set against analyses of economic trends in Japan, changes in distribution and consumption, and the increasing globalization of the seafood trade. Bestor brings to life the sights and sounds of the marketplace, Tsukiji's rich internal culture, its central place in Japanese cuisine, and the mercantile traditions that have shaped the marketplace since the early seventeenth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520220249
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2004
  • Series: California Studies in Food and Culture Series , #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 439
  • Sales rank: 1,247,353
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Theodore C. Bestor is Professor of Anthropology and Japanese Studies at Harvard University and past President of the American Anthropological Association's East Asian Studies Section and the Society for Urban Anthropology. His publications include Neighborhood Tokyo (1989), Doing Fieldwork in Japan (coeditor, 2003), and "How Sushi Went Global" in Foreign Policy (2000).
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments

Words, Dates, Statistics, Money
1. Tokyo’s Pantry
2. Grooved Channels
3. From Landfill to Marketplace
4. The Raw and the Cooked
5. Visible Hands
6. Family/Firm
7. Trading Places
8. Full Circle

Appendix 1. Visiting Tsukiji
Appendix 2. Video, Web, and Statistical Resources
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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