Fancy a $50 piece of sushi?
That's what one piece of a 593-pound blue fin tuna sold Thursday at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market for a record $736,000 is worth.
Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs the Sushi-Zanmai chain in Japan, bought the record-setting fish at the first auction of the new year at Japan's main fish market, a popular tourist stop in Tokyo, according to the Tokyo Times.
The previous record for a fish was set at the market in 2011's first sale of the new year, when a Hong Kong restauranteurÂ paid $422,000 for a blue fin. He took that fish to Hong Kong.
Kimura said he wanted to keep this year's top tuna in Japan. It was caught off Amori prefecture.
"We tried very hard to win the bidding, so that we could give Japan a boost and have Japanese people eat the most delicious tuna," the Mainichi Daily News quoted him as saying.
Despite the record price Kimura paid, pieces of the prize fish are expected to sell for around $5 in his restaurants.
Rick Santorum = bung hole foam
How much to eat the tuna in the background. yum yum yum.
I presume it's just a typo, but it's Aomori Prefecture, not Amori.
OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!!!
Pathetic humans will consume anything.
Rick Santorum consumes his own bung hole foam.
KANEKURE!!!!! SUSHI ZANMAI RULES ALL!!! KANEKURE!!!!
As you evolve it becomes obvious that you shouldn't kill to survive.....
Plants are alive, too.
Really apeman? Circle of Life? Balance of Nature? Mean anything?
You may want to consider grasping the concept of mortality. Everything has to die and Nature abhors waste. Thus those dead bodies go to feed the living. Be it plants or animals it's ubiquitous.
Is there something special about the first auction of the new year? I'm not understanding if this price is due to a rare fish or the first fish bought in the new year.
Perhaps good luck?!!?
" CHARLIE " Do not swim towards the light.
Ooops ! Too late.
I can't stand sushi or even the smell of it...although a tuna steak is delicious.
Your palate sucks. I feel sorry for you.
uncooked fish has no smell
You know nothing about sushi. There is no smell.....unless you are eating at Jethros sushi bar in Alabama. My money says you have never even seen sushi.
Uh sushi shouldn't smell.... if it does smell fishy, it's not fresh!
These tuna are not Rare.
While blue fin tunas are not rare, their populations are considerably reduced. The rarity of this particular tuna is because of its size. Modern tuna fisheries have all but eliminated the possibility of collecting a mature specimen this large. Several other fish like haddock and cod are also almost impossible to collect a mature specimen from because of modern fishery practices.
This tuna needs to be gilded & hung on a wall for that price! I'm pretty sure it wouldn't command that price in American fishmarkets! The price is inflated according to it's worth in Ja.pan! I love sushi & have paid $5 for 2 pieces of rare fish, because it was delicious! I'm wondering how many dolphins were lost in the process of capturing this very large & expensive fish?! How many bluefins are left? As much as I love fish, it's sad that this 1 was worth so much more dead than alive! Makes me almost want to become a vegitarian! Almost!!
Nothing could make me become a vegatarian...NOTHING.
Cue the violins. Get a grip.
This large bluefin was almost certainly caught on a line with a hook not a net and no dolphins would have been harmed.
You claim you have paid money for a piece of sushi from a rare fish, then you whine about how sad it is that this rare fish is worth more dead than alive.......even after you admit to contributing to the problem yourself. How are we supposed to take your fake concern seriously?
593-pound blue fin tuna
Rare , and overfished !
SHAME THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT SOON...
Plenty of fish in the sea.