Tsukiji Fish Market – Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review

Posted By yonghow on March 17th, 2017

Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review

Tsukiji Fish Market – A Day At The Market Through Pictures is a delightful illustration/picture book by Japanese artist Morinaga Yo, to whom I was introduced to via his other illustration book Tank Primer.

Through his whimsical and lively illustrations the artist takes us through the daily on-goings and operations at the biggest fish market in the world, supplying some 90% of Tokyo’s seafood. I’ve only been to the market twice during my 6 years in the city but the impressionable illustrations takes me right back to the hustle and bustle of the place.

Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review

(above & below) The tuna auctions, one of the biggest tourist draws at Tsukiji. Giant tuna fishes are auctioned off to the highest bidders, often the best sushi restaurants. Back in 2004 when I was still living in Tokyo the auctions were still freely accessible to tourists, but entry has since been regulated as the massive crowds started to hinder business.

Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review

(above) The numerous forms of cargo locomotion seen at the market. Definitely watch out for the yellow colored “Ta-re” ( abbreviated slang for Turret (ta-retto), due to the circular front steering shaped like a turret ) as they move really fast around the market delivering catches.

Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review
Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review

(above) The dust jacket folds out to reveal a most impressive illustration of Tsujiki. Charming.

Tsukiji Fish Market - Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review

A wonderful look and study of the world’s biggest fish market through artist Morinaga Yo illustrations. This book will serve as a beautiful reminder of the place when the fish market is eventually located to Toyosu as part of the redevelopment plan before Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The artist also has a couple of other illustration books which I am planning to review in the near future.

“Tsukiji Fish Market – Morinaga Yo Illustration” art book details :

Dimensions – 30.8 x 21.8 x 1 cm
Hard cover, 31 pages
Full color, In Japanese

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One Response to “Tsukiji Fish Market – Morinaga Yo Illustration Book Review”

DISTRAKT

What an excellent book! Would love to see an animated feature like this called “Fish Markets” would be a gritty hard boil tale. Would even write and direct it as long as had access to brilliant 2D/3D artist and animators and of coarse money money money munNAE!