A businessperson who owns a sushi restaurant chain in Japan created a record by shelling out over a whopping $3 million for a bluefin tuna. This 2019’s first auction was held at Tokyo’s new fish market, which stands in lieu of the popular Tsukiji fish market.
The owner of the Sushizanmai chain, Kiyoshi Kimura spent 333.6 million yen, which roughly converts to about $3.1 million on a fish weighing in at 278-kg or 613lbs). The aforesaid fish was caught off the coast of northern Japan’s Aomori prefecture. This is twice of what he paid about six years ago.
Talking to reporters outside the market, Kimura said, “the tuna looks so tasty and very fresh, but I think I did too much.”
“I expected it would be between 30 million and 50 million yen or 60 million yen at the highest, but it ended up five times more,” he added.
This was the first New Year’s auction for the Toyosu market since the renowned Tsukiji was shut down in a bid to offer provisional parking for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Kimura was the record holder for the highest price paid for a fish at the New Year’s auction for an unbelievable time frame of six years until 2017.
Much to Kimura’s chagrin, another Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid the highest price last year. Following the auction, the fish was transported to one of Sushizanmai’s branches which are located in the old market of Tsukiji.
Tuna is regarded highly across the globe for its use in making sushi. On the downside, the growing demand poses a threat of extinction for this coveted species.