The Reading / Listening - Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 2

Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market has closed after 83 years. It shut at noon on Saturday, bringing an end to its long history of trading. The market is moving to a new area of Tokyo. The new market will open on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo decided to close Tsukiji market to build a parking lot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they closed for the final time. One fish auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a sad day of goodbyes."



Tsukiji fish market was called the "kitchen of Japan". A British newspaper described how important it was. 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 said the atmosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that is gradually disappearing". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market. The most famous product was bluefin tuna. One bluefin sold for a record $1.7million in 2013. The chairman of Tsukiji said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade until the very end".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 0 Tsukiji Fish Market - Level 1   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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. closed after
  2. It shut at noon
  3. bringing an end to
  4. The market is moving
  5. build a parking
  6. they closed for the
  7. I'm almost
  8. Today is a sad day
  1. lot
  2. crying
  3. to a new area
  4. of goodbyes
  5. 83 years
  6. on Saturday
  7. final time
  8. its long history

Paragraph 2

  1. a symbol of the global food
  2. the home of Japanese
  3. tourist
  4. gradually
  5. Nearly 500 types of
  6. One bluefin sold for a record
  7. their heart and
  8. until the
  1. soul
  2. trade
  3. seafood were sold
  4. very end
  5. attractions
  6. disappearing
  7. cuisine
  8. $1.7million

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market (1) ___________________ 83 years. It shut (2) ___________________ Saturday, bringing an end to its (3) ___________________ trading. The market is moving to a new area of Tokyo. The new market will open on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo (4) ___________________ Tsukiji market to build a parking lot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Market traders at Tsukiji were sad on Saturday as they closed for (5) ___________________. One fish auctioneer, Hisao Ishii, said: "I'm almost crying. Today is a (6) ___________________ goodbyes."

Tsukiji fish market (7) ___________________ "kitchen of Japan". A British newspaper described (8) ___________________ was. It wrote: "Tsukiji is a symbol of the global food trade, the home of Japanese cuisine, and (9) ___________________ Tokyo's most popular tourist attractions." It said the atmosphere at Tsukiji showed, "an older Tokyo that (10) ___________________". Nearly 500 types of seafood were sold at the market. The most famous product was bluefin tuna. One bluefin sold (11) ___________________ $1.7million in 2013. The chairman of Tsukiji said: "Everyone was pouring their heart and soul into their trade (12) ___________________ end".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tokyo'sfamousTsukijifishmarkethasclosedafter83years.Itshutatno
ononSaturday,bringinganendtoitslonghistoryoftrading.Themarketi
smovingtoanewareaofTokyo.ThenewmarketwillopenonThursday.Ci
typlannersinTokyodecidedtocloseTsukijimarkettobuildaparkinglotf
orthe2020TokyoOlympicsandParalympics.MarkettradersatTsukijiw
eresadonSaturdayastheyclosedforthefinaltime.Onefishauctioneer,
HisaoIshii,said:"I'malmostcrying.Todayisasaddayofgoodbyes."Tsu
kijifishmarketwascalledthe"kitchenofJapan".ABritishnewspaperdes
cribedhowimportantitwas.Itwrote:"Tsukijiisasymboloftheglobalfoo
dtrade,thehomeofJapanesecuisine,andisoneofTokyo'smostpopulart
ouristattractions."ItsaidtheatmosphereatTsukijishowed,"anolderTo
kyothatisgraduallydisappearing".Nearly500typesofseafoodweresol
datthemarket.Themostfamousproductwasbluefintuna.Onebluefins
oldforarecord$1.7millionin2013.ThechairmanoftheTsukijisaid:"Eve
ryonewaspouringtheirheartandsoulintotheirtradeuntiltheveryend".

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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