A 269 kilogram blue fin tuna garnered an all time high at Tokyo’s world famous Tsukiji fish market on Thursday, January 5th. The fish, caught off the coast of northern Oma, Aomori prefecture, netted close to 56.5 million yen, about $736,700, at the inaugural 2012 auction. Each kilogram of the record-setting fish was valued at 210,000 yen, roughly $2,736, surpassing the previous high, set last year, by more than 20 million yen.
Kiyomura Co., the Tokyo-based operator of the casual restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, proudly won the auction. Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura, told reporters, “rather than having it taken away overseas, I wish for Japanese people to eat good tuna together. Despite the March 11 earthquake and the sluggish economy I want to lift up Japan’s spirits urging people to work hard together.”
Cuts of the tuna will be available at Sushi Zanmai shops across Tokyo at regular prices ranging from 134 yen (about $1.75) for a piece of the “akami” red meat to 418 yen ($5.45) for a slab of “otoro,” or fatty tuna.