A single bluefin tuna sold for a record $736,500 USD at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2012. Wow, a $736,000 tuna.
Kiyoshi Kimura, the winning bidder and President of Kiyomura Co’s Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, said he wanted to give Japan a boost after the devastating tsunami of March 2011.
The Japanese eat 80 percent of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean bluefins caught, the most sought-after by sushi lovers.
Bluefin tuna is prized for its tender red meat. The best slices can sell for 2,000 yen [$24] per piece in Tokyo sushi bars.
“The flesh is magnificent red and the quality of fat is excellent. It is very delicious. The taste is unbeatable.” – Kiyoshi Kimura
Caught off northeastern Japan, the 593 lb [269 kg] bluefin tuna sold for a price of $1,238 per pound.
A $736,000 tuna. I’m in the wrong line of work. Fish is the “New Gold.”