[UPDATE 23 Nov 2008: All the photos in my online archive here, Tsukiji knife photos ]
[UPDATE 10 Oct 2008: The full story is now on the wesbite of Rex Features: here]
I’ve been taking photos of a 240 year old knife shop in Tsukiji fish market. This is the owner of the shop sharpening a cooking knife. If you buy a knife at the shop you can bring it back to be sharpened for free.
Here he is with a tuna knife (the knives tuna dealers in the market use to slice up the fish). He told me that the knives were a blend of Japanese sword-making techniques and Western knife technology.
sharpening a tuna knife
The tuna knife is taller than he is! For a long time the shop was the sole tuna knife supplier at Tsukiji.