31

Jan 2015

Category: January 2015

Got the monorail , train and bullet trian back to Nigata and arrived around 3 . Being picked up on a Saturday .i wasnt really expecting to ge any breeders so was pleasently surprised when i was informed that we were going straight to Maruhiro koi Fam . I know a few of you have met this breeder , and have your opinions of his sanity , in fact ive probably not helped by knick naming him mad monkey ! But this guys quality gets better every year , ive always bought there as i like the guy , and his prices are good .Nowadays my respect for him as a breeder grows and grows , his showa have done amazing things in the uk at shows in the last few years , along with his gin rn kohaku . Once again the quality seems to have goneup another notch , tonight we selected through some nice small nisai , and the some larger female nisai go sanke . Losing the light i was surprised to be told , id just selected nearly 20 koi ! Back tomorrow first thing to look a even higher quality nisai and sanke . A great day ended by a meal with Maruhiro where he was up to his usual antics , this time neary blowing us all up by not lighting up the burner for the soup amounst many other things including trying to teach all the restruant staff how to speak English ,especally the phrase okie dkie! First seven nisai are all female and 45-60cm frm Maruhiro koi farm . Nex 12 are all nisa from the same farm aroun 30-35cm

31

Jan 2015

Category: January 2015

After a two hour delay i was glad to finally touch down at Hanneda airport in Tokyo . I prefer this flight route as its only one stop on the mono rail to the all Japan show . The show was as good as ever , with many , many amazing koi .Grand champion was a Kohaku from SFF . After a couple of hours browsing and gassing wth the many friends ive made from all over the world i decieded it was time to get on the train and head to Niigata . in order , GC , matrure . adult ,
young champion , baby champion , male champion 65cm, amazing goshiki ,massive doitsu karashigoi ( may be over a meter ?) stunning aigormo from Izumiya , 90 cm sanke sff

24

Oct 2014

Category: October 2014

The day you have to go to Narita airport is always the worst .You still want to try and get as many breeders as you can , to try and find that last minute koi , or another customers order before catching the bullet train back to Narita . By now the realisiation that it is your last day hits you , and the addrenalin that you have been running on ( as three-four hours sleep doesnt cut it ) starts to fade away . its somtimes even a struggle to lift a net ! , but the show must go on so off we went to our first aapointment at Kaneko , I was desperately looking for shiro utsuri so was hoping to find some here , but the koi stocks were still low so we spent a while chatting to the breeder and then went on our way to Yagenji . A few days ago the brothers had sold all thier fish to one dealer , so have since then been busy harvesting nisai . Once again we had a good look round but couldnt find anything we liked , so it was decieded to pop down to see our old friend Hinori San of Maruhiro Koi farm .We hve alwashd agood relationship with this farm, this has now increased with the level of koi we leave for Azukar with him . The results were fantastic , and h has gone up even more in my opinion as most off the koi left last yar where ones he recomended . This timei as looking fr a few higher quality nisa 30-50cm , and some koi to mess around growng on , One variety he is messing around with himself ,is a mukashi ogon crosse bred with a ki matsuba , the results look quite intereasng with metalic ogons produced with an intereasing reticulation . As usual i start netting , and he joins in , asking what i am looking for. I hear people sa the breeders cant possibly remember all thier koi , this bloke can . I reeled off a list of requests , and off he went round the farm with net in hand , its like magic , honest , i kid you not .Every time i took a koi back to the bowl , there was another one already waiting there, gr tancho , high quality kohkau , showa and others . At one point i stopped netting an sorrted th bowls out into shipping pictures , the koi still kept coming . After buying all the high grade we could ,( i wont list them here as there were so many . ) i made up a nice little collection of sinhle coloured koi , ogons , chags , doistu chags , gr chags , and of course, i sneaked in a few of his new varitey . We joined him and the staff for a coffee and then said our good byes , always sad leaving here as he is such a character and a pleasure to work with , his fish jus get better and better, defently a breeder to watch for in the future!

As we were leaving Mark joined us , and said that our two koi were out at Shintro ,a quick ohone call and we were drivng up to Mushigame to the results of two nisai that i had left there . They were both 60cm , although not put alot of bulk on , i wasnt worried as this is a trait of using matsunoske parents , they get thier body shapes a few years later down the line .They were both stunning , andi was very happy , i am shipping one, and leaving one for another year . Great end to a great trip .

23

Oct 2014

Category: October 2014

After an early lunch brought forward by the fact that the breeders are so busy , we still couldnt get to see Aoki , which i really needed as i have orders for high quality goshiki , so it was decieded to bring forward Hirasawa forward today .We were in luck he was harvesting , but couldnt do an appointment in ten minutes , so we asked when ? He replied 20 ........lol ! The Japanese are very literall , if you say somthing never be indirect , still makes me laugh after all these times . Twenty minutes later we were there , he had just harvested some large sansai chags , kigoi and others .Price was asked and a little high , we need to a little movement , he replied but you only one he said , i laughed and said no , your gonna need a bigger bowl , he laughed , and then saw i wasnt , a one metre bowl arrived and within five minutes we had six monsters splashing around in the bowl . A discusion stated , and he asked how many you taking , all if i get the orice i want ! He just nodded and i did laugh this time as i was a little on the cheeky side , but well happy ! The on to some smaller nisai , people have asked if we can get some more koi in section B nisai , £295 or under , ask and you get someone once said , i asked and i got .There was everything there i could wish for , kohaku , red kujaku , normal kujaku , chgas , mukashi , tancho and sooo many more . All done and dusted , just as well as Aoki called back and could see us .Off we went , back the way we came , and arrived to no cusomers in the fish house. After being shown his best pond of goshiki , i could see that they wernt going to be affordable , i wasnt wrong , these were some of the bst goshiki i have ever see , and not in the range i was looking for .We were then shown another two ponds , theprice was very resonable , but the quality was any where near what we were looking for , this happens somtimes , cheap koi and outragiously expensive koi , ni middle ground . We said our goodbyes and headed back to Ojiya , a visit to Torazo was called for , after selling the great three step i bought yesterday , i fancied another look round.This time although there were some stunning koi , nothing for me tis time . With only an hour left we thought wewould try and see if any more koi had come out at Sakai , including two customers koi . When we arrived he had loads in the fish house , but he sill found time to wecome us and we found the time to share a beer with him ! Mark Chettehad a look round and said thier were some new koi in a pond where is had taken to a strange looking showa .this was bowld along wth some oth koi , and soon we had two showas , tancho sanke , a stunning sanke and a tancho showa . A deal was struck , and pics were taken and then it was  time to go back to the hotel and see if we had anymoney left in the bank lol !

23

Oct 2014

Category: October 2014

Its nearing the end of our trip , as always it been very rewarding and enjoyable , and today wasnt going to change it at all ! We started our day driving away from the normal mountains , and headed in the direction of Kase . Another farm where theres always a warm welcome , and plenty to choose form .Famous for his doitsu and unusual varietys , today it was a nice surprise to find that he had gone back to breeding shiro utsuri , based on the white tiger bloodline . We started cathing up some shiros , and although they wernt high quality , they were certainly pretty enough .Soon had a few too choose from so went and picked a couple of tancho showa and one  hi utsuri which was female . Another breeder called Igarashi wasnt too far and does vey similer varietys , so we went there as he also breeds ochiba and ogons . In the nisai ponds i found myself struggling , but had a few beni kikikoryo , then saw an absolutely stunning ogon in the pond next to were i was , we got it bowled and aadded a few nisai to complete the box . Very happy as the ogon was sansai and 56cm , well pleasd ! Alot of breeders were very busy , so we decieded at 11.30 to stop for luch . Pics will follow in a while ...