With $736,000, some people would buy a helicopter. Or a small Beverly Hills home. Or 150 Rolex watches. But with his six figures, Kiyoshi Kimura picked up a single frozen tuna.
Specifically, a 593-pound bluefin sold during the first auction of the year at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market, which will go to feed customers at Kimura’s Tokyo-based Sushi-Zanmai sushi chain, according to the Associated Press.
The price busted past Tsukiji's record of $421,000, paid last year by a Hong Kong bidder. Kimura ended up shelling out about $1,238 per pound for the bluefin, which will be steeply discounted for diners.
To some, the record price and native buyer is a sign that Japan is bouncing back from a devastating earthquake and tsunami last year. The tuna was caught off the country’s northeastern shores in a region hit particularly hard by the disaster.