The morning market always appears in Hakodate guidebooks. The pictures and descriptions of the market made me feel that it was not quite what I was looking for, but when I actually visited it, I was right The morning market near Hakodate Station sells seafood to tourists. Not only do they sell salmon, trout, cod, herring, crab, and other seafood from the North Sea fishery, they also sell Yubari melons. It is like the outer market of the old Tsukiji market. Although the market opens early in the morning, there are no middlemen or cooks who have come to purchase ingredients. Just tourists like me, rubbing our sleepy eyes and walking around amidst the clamor of people promoting their wares.
Hakodate is one of the centers of the North Sea fishing industry, so there must be an equivalent of the Tsukiji inner market in Hakodate. With this in mind, I looked at the map and sure enough, there it was. The Hakodate Marine Products Wholesale Market, located next to Toyokawa Wharf, is the one I was looking for. This facility must be where the auction I was looking for was being held. While eating a bowl of seafood early in the morning at a morning market is fine, there is something special about watching the professionals at work, buying and selling. I decided to visit the market and found out that the world is not so easy. Now it is the COVID-19 pandemic. You should refrain from going out when it is not necessary. To prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection, the public was not allowed to visit. It is a pity.
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September 8, 2022
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