Worth It Or Nah? Japanese Dude Spends $637,155 To Purchase A 467-Pound Tuna, Cuts It Open With A Samurai Sword

by 11 months ago
First Bluefin Tuna Tsukiji Fish Market Japan

Getty Image / Tomohiro Ohsumi


Behold the face of a man who just spent over $600,000 on a single goddamn fish, a bluefin tuna weighing 467.38 pounds.

He didn’t shell out 74.2 million yen ($637,155) at the first Tsukiji Fish Market auction of the year on this 467-pound bluefin tuna because he’ll be able to make that much $$$ selling the meat, the price tag here is mostly ceremonial.

Every year when the Tsukiji Fish Market first opens for business some big swinging dick shells out hundreds of thousands of dollars for the very first fish sold at auction because it’s supposed to bring good luck or some shit like that. Frankly, I think this is just an easy way for attention-seeking rich dudes to get their names in the news, but that’s just one man’s opinion.

Here are some photographs of Kiyomura Co. President Kiyoshi Kimura posing with his prized bluefin tuna:

First Bluefin Tuna Tsukiji Fish Market Japan

Getty Image / Tomohiro Ohsumi


First Bluefin Tuna Tsukiji Fish Market Japan

Getty Image / Tomohiro Ohsumi


If you’re wondering what the story is on that knife/sword they’re using to slice up this fish that costs more than most upper-middle-class homes, I actually threw up a blog post about that knife around this time last year. The knife itself costs $10,000 and it cuts through fish like butter. And as far as bluefin tuna go this one is actually relatively run-of-the-mill, in terms of size/weight. These fish get fucking ENORMOUS. Here’s some footage of a 900-pound bluefin tuna swimming, if you’re curious about what the giants look like.

I guess my question is two-fold…1) is it ever worth it to spend $600K+ on a single goddamn fish? And 2) what does your net worth have to be in order to justify spending $637,000 on a bluefin tuna? Hit me with your responses below.

(h/t USA Today)


TAGSBluefin tunaFishJapanTsukiji Fish Markettuna

Join The Discussion