By Angie Teo
An owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain set a record by paying more than $3 million for a bluefin tuna in the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s new fish market, exceeding his own record price of 2013.
Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushizanmai chain, paid 333.6 million yen ($3.1 million) for the 278-kg (613-lb) fish caught off the coast of northern Japan’s Aomori prefecture, or double what he had paid six years ago.
“The tuna looks so tasty and very fresh, but I think I did too much,” Kimura told reporters outside the market later.
“I expected it would be between 30 million and 50 million
The event was the first New Year auction of the Toyosu
Kimura had held the record for
After the auction, the fish was taken to one of Sushizanmai’s branches located in the old market of Tsukiji.
Tuna is prized around the world for its use in sushi, but experts warn growing demand has made it an endangered species.
The original article was first published in Manila Bulletin Lifestyle.