The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo needs little introduction. The world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market is famous for live tuna auctions and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

To make way for development, the market will be relocated, a move that was initially set to take place this month.

However, the move has been delayed and tentatively rescheduled for early next year due to safety concerns at the new site.

When award-winning, self-taught photographer Zann Huizhen Huang heard about the move, she took the opportunity to visit the market to document the buzz and soul of the place before it closed.

She came away awed by the tuna auctions and how organised the Japanese community is in handling the whole process.

Here is her photostory.

The historic Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest in the world, is located in Tokyo’s world-renowned Ginza district.

The historic Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest in the world, is located in Tokyo’s world-renowned Ginza district.

A common scene in the market where customers, workers transporting fish and tourists rub elbows in the compound early in the morning.

A common scene in the market where customers, workers transporting fish and tourists rub elbows in the compound early in the morning.

A frozen tuna fish being transported into a cutting room by machines.

A frozen tuna fish being transported into a cutting room by machines.

The cut-up pieces of tuna fish are transported to a storage room, ready to be packed for customers.

The cut-up pieces of tuna fish are transported to a storage room, ready to be packed for customers.

The fish are immediately frozen when caught to maintain their freshness. Cuts are displayed so buyers can gauge quality.

The fish are immediately frozen when caught to maintain their freshness. Cuts are displayed so buyers can gauge quality.

A chunk of tuna being weighed for sale. Rather than buying secondhand elsewhere, some people will shop at Tsukiji Fish market for the freshest fish at a cheaper price.

A chunk of tuna being weighed for sale. Rather than buying secondhand elsewhere, some people will shop at Tsukiji Fish market for the freshest fish at a cheaper price.

A worker cutting the tuna into chunks using a very sharp knife. Great skill is needed to ensure clean cuts that don’t mangle the flesh.

A worker cutting the tuna into chunks using a very sharp knife. Great skill is needed to ensure clean cuts that don’t mangle the flesh.

The Tsukiji fish market is not just a place dealing with fish, there are also many stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits and chef’s knives.

The Tsukiji fish market is not just a place dealing with fish, there are also many stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits and chef’s knives.

A close up of fresh wasabi. It is a common condiment for sushi and sashimi.

A close up of fresh wasabi. It is a common condiment for sushi and sashimi.