The Tsukiji wholesale food market in Tokyo held its first auction of the year on Friday.
It was likely the final New Year auction at the world-famous site as a new facility in the nearby Toyosu district is scheduled to open in October.
At a ceremony, a wholesalers' representative urged everyone who works at the market to bring the Tsukiji brand-name to Toyosu.
Dealers and bidders then wished for robust trading.
A bell was rung shortly after 5:30 AM, prompting dealers to start bidding on frozen tuna.
The highest bid of the day was for a 405-kilogram bluefin tuna caught in Japan's northern prefecture of Aomori. It fetched over 36 million yen, or about 330,000 dollars. That's the 4th-highest auction price of its kind on record.
The Tsukiji market has been open for business for 8 decades at its current location.