18

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016
Written by Gary

Most days when you get up , you just never know what is going to happen , or what your going to see , may be that's the beauty of buying in Niigata .Today was going to throw many great things my way , and all in a good way . Our first visit was going to be an old favourite of ours Oofuchi koi farm , this place is great , so many varieties and so many sizes its really one stop for non go sanke . Today I was hoping for some Kujaku as I havnt seen too many around of the quality that I like , and these guys breed some good ones!

Read more: A quality day in more ways than one

17

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016
Written by Gary

Ichi ban Ikeage  , ok loosely translated as number one harvest , that's because how it felt today at Maruhiro koi farm , not his number one , but mine . We had 8 koi left with him over the summer and they were all harvested today with outstanding results ! So back to the start of the day , we had to leave the hotel at 6.45 to meet Hinori at his facility , when I said the nght before I cant start that early with food , he took it seriously and when we arrived there egg sandwiches and boxes of juice for everyone , who says you cant drop a hint lol , but seriously it was handy as the hotel didn't serve breakfast until 7 ! We then drove up to the mudponds , the view is breath taking , and today better than ever , a mist just covered the tips of the trees . When we arrived the staff were alreadyin the pond with the seine net and  ready to go .This mudpond isn't particularly large , but its the one we use every year , I remember saying to Mark Gardner I think I should ask Hinori to put the sanke that came out last year at over 70 in a bigger pond , Mark replied why would you do that ? It grew 10cm as yonsai , be a good idea to leave it there again lol ! Don't you just hate it when Mark is right , first  koi out was the sanke and it looked huge , another kohkau came out the same , and every fish just looked massive . Its hard to be happy at this point , don't get me wrong im excited and glad they have all come out , but never happy when they are in muddy water and you cant see them clearly .The best part for me is when they are back at the facility and coming of the truck , into clean water for a good look over , and then the tale of the tape !!!!!!!  First off the truck was a two step kohaku , I nearly passed out when I saw it , it was huge and way beyond what I had expected , the quality was great and Hinori was just as excited as me . Purchased last spring as a 72 cm yonsai , it was now gosai and 81cm ! This koi was sold during the summer , and I guess the owner will be VERY happy !

Read more: Ichi ban Ikeage

17

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016
Written by Gary

First job today was to visit Isa and see how our two Azukari showa had come out of the mud ponds . Good news they were out alive and well , that was a good start ,  , also both female . Both had grown and were around 50-52cm . One was very nice and pleased with that , the other had some secondary hi around the tail which spoilt it , real shame as the skin was lovely and the pattern nice . Here in lies the risk with Azukari  , I NOW have two nisai showa , both now worth much less than I had paid as tosai . Am I worried , no , that's the way it goes , will it stop me doing it again , definitely not ! Would I carry on buying from this breeder , hell yes ! You have to take this on the chin , the good goes hand in hand with the bad , and that's the way it is , if you cant take disappointment , don't leave fish in Japan . Please don't take this as negative , I enjoy leaving koi in Japan , but im aware of the risks , the pitfalls and also the excitement when they go right ! We had a look round and they guys are still busy harvesting so the wasn't a great deal of koi to view .We left here and wanted to go to Yagenji as we had a Kindai showa coming out of the mudponds there as well.

Read more: Sunday

16

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016
Written by Gary

Today I woke up with a little bit of half glass empty syndrome again Going through in my mind about costs of shipping and he price of fish , its very frustrating as im seeing what I think are very fair prices at the breeders , possibly the best ive seen in a long time , but as a lot of you will know , with the present exchange rate , its doesn't translate to that when the koi get home . So with this in mind we set off up the other side of Ojiya city to one of our favourite breeders Hosokai . This is one of my favourite farms , the breeder is so friendly and his fish are great and once again the prices are fair , even on the better quality koi . On arrival we saw that there wasn't a lot of koi  , the best pond downstairs had some nice goromo , and they were big for nisai 45-50cm , but I struggled a little with the landed price in the uk , so I passed and decided to wait until next week when he is harvesting a lot more nisai . We then went up to the higher quality nisai fish house , where once again I couldn't find anything I really liked , I wasn't too down about this , as the harvest have only just started , and im sure he will have plenty next week , and we have to revisit to see the two azuakri shiro utsuri we left with him this summer . On leaving the farm , I started to think about the koi ,  and really started to worry that this would this be a difficult trip , as I cant remember ever  leaving Hosokai without buying a single koi . Mulling this over on our way to Kaneko I was wondering if Kaneko was the best place to go , Athough I like the farm and the breeder , sometimes its a little hit and miss , you have to get the timing right , I really needed to go somewhere , where I could just get some koi in numbers , that always cheers me up ( Im a little fickle like that lol ).

Read more: Saturday

14

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016
Written by Gary

For those of you who arnt old enough to remember , todays title was a line from Monty Pythons Flying Circus . Its seemed quiet apt as todays appointments were all lining up at dealers known  for the unusual , weird and even bizarre varieties . First port of call was at Kase , famous for his metalics and doitsu , and now for his Sekiguchi /Dainichi bloodline showa . Here I was looking for doistu metallic ochibas , they are a kind of silver blue and brown with a metallic lustre . On arrival Kase was still finishing off a harvest , so we watched the sansai and yonsai showa coming of the truck . This must have been a very good mudpond , for most were taken off on a different truck somewhere else , tategoi the breeder said as they were moved , not to be seen for the rest of this year ! So into the nisai house , and I soon started catching up doitsu and scaled metallic ochiba , yamotonishiki , doitsu shiro , doistu tancho showa , showa and one beni kikikoryu . Photos and videos were then done and off to the next metaics breeder Ikarashi Ozumi.

Read more: And now for something completely different!