Shoppers do their last-minute buying at Tsukiji fish market and workers clean up after the last day of business for 2017. (Video footage by Toshiyuki Takeya)

Relief was mixed with sadness among Tsukiji workers who completed business for the year on Dec. 30 as throngs of families and foreign tourists packed the famed fish market for last-minute shopping before the New Year holidays.

Originally, the Tsukiji market was to have moved to the Toyosu district in Koto Ward on Nov. 7, 2016. Many Tsukiji workers thought that Dec. 30, 2015, was their last hectic year-end business season at the market.

However, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced a delay in the Toyosu move in August 2016. That meant about 10 months of uncertainty over where business would be sited in 2018 until Koike said in June that she will proceed with the relocation.

Earlier in December, it was agreed that the new Toyosu fish market will open on Oct. 11, 2018.

"Rather than a lot of emotion, I feel a larger sense of relief this year because we finally have a sense of where the future lies," said Naohide Kametani, 57, the president of a wholesaler with about 30 workers.

Kametani and his crew closed up business for the year at about 9 a.m. on Dec. 30 with the traditional hand clap.

Kametani said it was now important to face the future, and he added that he has come to grips with the emotional ties he had with the Tsukiji market.

On Dec. 30, the wholesaler and others like it were busy with the end-of-the-year rush, which has been a tradition dating more than 80 years.

Daiyoshi, another wholesaler, was established in 1940.

"The Tsukiji market was built up by our seniors over the course of 80 years," said current president Hiroshi Udagawa, 57. "It is now our turn to do our best at the Toyosu market so that we can pass down this business to future generations."

About 550 wholesalers were busy from before dawn selling and transporting seafood around the market. Various fresh fish as well as salmon roe and crabs were on display in front of many wholesalers.

Tsukiji fish market will have its first auction of the new year on Jan. 5. The last day of business will be Oct. 6.