Feeling that i was a bit short on good quality tosai , i was really pleased when Hoshino the kohaku breeder rang and said he was willing to let us hand select tosai ! You could imagine the break neck speed we went round there at , within minutes we were selecting jumbo tosai around the 25cm mark ( all though thats not super size yet , its only jan /feb and they have three more months in warm water before they go out to the mudpond ) We picked just one box as while we were doing this an appointment had been made to select sanke and showa from Oomo and Tanaka . The kohaku of hoshino are very good , they won a major gc a year or two ago , and the fish are normally 55- 60cm around october (18mths ) . The skin quality is simply amazing , if you dont like the some of the patterns , rest assured they were picked on skin quality ! Arriving at the new facility of nnd we were ushured to a pond of showa and sanke jumbo tosai . Once given the price ( which i thought was very good ) we were away happily picking the fish untill i had 40 around 35-30cm that i was really happy with . Some of the showa were very nice , but to me the sanke really shone out , the sumi was very good quality along with the skin as well . This was the first time i have visited /dealt with both these breeders , and i have to say i thought it was a first class set up , and run very professionally ! So with nearly 60 hand selected jumbo tosai of go sanke varietys the afternooon certainly turned good for me and my customers ! First three photos are of the hoshino kohaku , next four sanke/showa from Oomo and Tanaka . A nice end to a crazy week , and i wish Fresso and Wilbert a safe journey back to holland . Tomorrow we are off to visit our favourite little Tanaka , who has provided us with first and seconds at the nogyosai show , so really looking forward to that !