The Reading / Listening - Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 1

Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market closed on Saturday after 83 years. It is moving to a new area of Tokyo. The new market will open on Thursday. Tokyo city planners closed Tsukiji market for parking for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Market workers at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they closed for the last time. One fish worker said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a sad day of goodbyes."



Tsukiji was called the "kitchen of Japan". A newspaper described why it was important. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade, the home of Japanese cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It added: "Tsukiji showed "an older Tokyo that is...disappearing". Tsukiji's most famous product was tuna. One tuna sold for $1.7million in 2013. The chairman of Tsukiji said everyone worked hard at the market, "until the very end".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 0 Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 2   or  Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45755348
  • https://www.ft.com/content/325bcb3e-c662-11e8-ba8f-ee390057b8c9
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/06/national/sayonara-tsukiji-tokyo-market-holds-last-tuna-auction-closes-doors-good/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Tokyo's famous Tsukiji
  2. closed on Saturday
  3. It is moving to
  4. The new market will
  5. Tokyo city planners
  6. they closed for the
  7. I'm almost
  8. Today is a sad day
  1. of goodbyes
  2. open on Thursday
  3. last time
  4. after 83 years
  5. crying
  6. fish market
  7. closed Tsukiji market
  8. a new area

Paragraph 2

  1. Tsukiji was called the kitchen
  2. A newspaper described why
  3. a symbol of the global
  4. the home of Japanese
  5. one of Tokyo's most
  6. tourist
  7. everyone worked
  8. until the very
  1. attractions
  2. food trade
  3. popular
  4. hard
  5. cuisine
  6. of Japan
  7. end
  8. it was important

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish (1) ___________________ Saturday after 83 years. It is (2) ___________________ new area of Tokyo. The new market (3) ___________________ Thursday. Tokyo city planners closed Tsukiji market for (4) ___________________ 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Market workers at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday (5) ___________________ for the last time. One fish worker said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a (6) ___________________ goodbyes."

Tsukiji (7) ___________________ "kitchen of Japan". A newspaper described (8) ___________________ important. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade, (9) ___________________ Japanese cuisine, and is one of Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It added: "Tsukiji (10) ___________________ Tokyo that is...disappearing". Tsukiji's most famous product was tuna. One (11) ___________________ $1.7million in 2013. The chairman of Tsukiji said everyone worked hard at the market, "(12) ___________________ end".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tokyo'sfamousTsukijifishmarketclosedonSaturdayafter83years.Itis
movingtoanewareaofTokyo.ThenewmarketwillopenonThursday.To
kyocityplannersclosedTsukijimarketforparkingforthe2020TokyoOly
mpicsandParalympics.MarketworkersatTsukijiweresadonSaturdaya
stheyclosedforthelasttime.Onefishworkersaid:"I'malmostcrying.To
dayisasaddayofgoodbyes."Tsukijiwascalledthe"kitchenofJapan".An
ewspaperdescribedwhyitwasimportant.Itwrote:"Tsukijiisasymbolof
theglobalfoodtrade,thehomeofJapanesecuisine,andisoneofTokyo's
mostpopulartouristattractions."Itadded:"Tsukijishowed"anolderTo
kyothatis...disappearing".Tsukiji'smostfamousproductwastuna.On
etunasoldfor$1.7millionin2013.ThechairmanoftheTsukijisaidevery
oneworkedhardatthemarket,"untiltheveryend".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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