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Tsukiji Theodore C. Bestor

Tsukiji By Theodore C. Bestor

Tsukiji by Theodore C. Bestor

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In the centre of Tokyo, the world's biggest fish market is a complex socio-economic environment staging daily auctions and also host to hundreds of stalls that sell to the public. Theodore Bestor explores the social and commercial relationships that make the system work.

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Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World by Theodore C. Bestor

Located only blocks from Tokyo's glittering Ginza, Tsukiji--the world's largest marketplace for seafood--is a prominent landmark, well known but little understood by most Tokyoites: a supplier for countless fishmongers and sushi chefs, and a popular and fascinating destination for foreign tourists. Early every morning, the worlds of hi-tech and pre-tech trade noisily converge as tens of thousands of tons of seafood from every ocean of the world quickly change hands in Tsukiji's auctions and in the marketplace's hundreds of tiny stalls. In this absorbing firsthand study, Theodore C. Bestor--who has spent a dozen years doing fieldwork at fish markets and fishing ports in Japan, North America, Korea, and Europe--explains the complex social institutions that organize Tsukiji's auctions and the supply lines leading to and from them and illuminates trends of Japan's economic growth, changes in distribution and consumption, and the increasing globalization of the seafood trade. As he brings to life the sights and sounds of the marketplace, he reveals Tsukiji's rich internal culture, its place in Japanese cuisine, and the mercantile traditions that have shaped the marketplace since the early seventeenth century.

About Theodore C. Bestor

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).

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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Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World by Theodore C. Bestor
Used - Very Good
University of California Press
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