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A quick drive around the corner to Connias , with tanks and tanks of many varietys , this place never fails to bring a smile . Although many many nice koi , nothing selected for our party , although a 60cm sansai maruten sanke was bowled , but the white skin was very "flat" , with the promise that this will pick up over the next few days as it had just been harvested , it may be rebowled and purchased during the week as at the price im afraid that even i cant take the breeders word and need to see this my self , everything else was fantastic , intereasting pattern , great beni and polished like sumi , fingers crossed..............Curry rice was then followed by that lovely green tea at Sakai ( hint of sarcasm ? who me ? ) It seems strange that the old man is not now running the farm , and when Rod wanted a nisai tancho showa is seemed strange being told that the son would have to give the pirce when he returned ! Things move on i guess . Kaneco was very crowded and not really what we were looking for ,we will re visit when they harvest again . Otsuka was our last port of call , a fantastic range of varietys and a box of small nisai were purchased for retail under £200 and small enough for q/tine or growing on tanks , Asagi , shusui , aka matsuba , goshiki and many others , around 23-30cm .
Below is the Tategoi showa that im having a little think about .After returning to the hotel we decieded to have a quick look at Torazo , and have to say very impressed , very nice nisai and quite good prices , nothing purchased due to fading light , but one three step kohaku reserved untill the morning , with another 3 higher grade being looked at . Hopefully we can take pics of these tomorrow .
This morning I awoke and laying in bed contenplating the day a head, and suddenly aware of a feeling that somthing was wrong, a quick look at the alarm clock confirmed my worst fears, it was 8.00, and had 5 mins to get ready, breakfast was already a lost cause! Running out of the hotel camera in one hand boots in the other I nearly knocked down the agent coming the other way, lucky he was running late too! Off to sekiguchi again where there wasnt a lot of koi as he had been very busy since we left, some of our group had some yonsai that had been growing there that they had to photograph and it was on then to tanaka who had 3 sansai and yonsai including a 70cm chagoi and a yonsai shiro utsuri which was an off spring of white tiger (I believe a fanmous omosaku koi), and a sansai gin rin showa, I purchased all 3 and then we left. Back on the motorway towards ojiya we stopped for lunch at moes burgers and more of that great corn soup. The afternoon really was a wind down visiting mushigame for the last time, I felt I just couldnt resist a last box from yagenji koi farm and again wasnt disapointed, a box of what I would call doitsu karashigoi, around 50cm, nisai and all female. The trip was supposed to last untill tuesday with low funds and some pressing news from home I managed to get a flight home earlier so this will probably be my last entry, so to answer what a lot of people are asking, was it a good trip and did I achieve all that I wanted? Yes it was, and hopefully we have raised the level of quality again this year, we have left more koi out here than ever and although not where we want to be, we are certainly heading in the right direction although I know we still have a long way to go. I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings through niigata, if you have and feel that you are mad enough to join me, ill be returning to Japn at the begining of feb 2010 to go to the all japan show and then on to our buying trip, we visit most breeders and have access to all levels of quality and sizes of koi so please feel free to contact us in the shop, once again thanks for reading ...................Gary
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Was it an amazing tategoi? a show winning koi? a record breaking size chagoi? no even beter, seven hours sleep!!!!! For those of you who havnt been to Japan you will wonder what the hell im talking about, for those who have or know me must understand that I am the king of the 3am zone, that time when strong alcohol or a good book or anything will not send you to sleep, so after falling asleep at the laptop again last night at 11pm I decieded to call it a day, you can imagine my surprise when im awoke at 6.15 am, 7 whole hours sleep. I can honestly say I was ready to take on the world, let alone the breeders of Niigata. So after a hearty breakfast I really did feel on top of my game, setting out to Maradoh I felt really positive and wondered how I would feel having sleep everyday! Any way back to the koi, Maradoh is great guy who has some serious quality, his go sanke is unbelievable again this year but having filled my boots with go sanke I decided not waste his time asking prices and headed straight for the chagois, when I asked for chagois I think there was a mistake in translation before I knew it I was looking at 100 chagoi, mukashi ogon and other varietys all way over 80cm and some over 90 (and yes before you ask, there was that many, and I hear he has another hundred or so out in the mud pond). Feeling a bit embarresed I asked if he had any smaller, of course he did, 4 chagoi and karashigoi were purchsed around 52-58cm, female and nisai. Just as we were walking out he asked if I wanted any yamabuki ogons, nisai and around 25-30cm, I asked will they grow really big? the resulting laughter made me feel I said the funniest joke in japan, someone pointed behind me, you guessed it, a whole of yamabuki ogons all the 74 - 85cm. I now had to buy a box just to make me feel better. A stop at hoshikins to look at kohaku to leave out in the ponds drew our first blank as he was mesuring customers koi, and we didnt want to interupt so we had a walk across the road to dianichi, no one was there but we had a look around and it was amazing, the fish were just incredable, up to mushigame and to visit masaki, he wasnt in either so I quick peek at hiroi, sakai and miyatora resulted in no koi being found, as this may be my last day I decieded to go back to Yagenji Koi Farm, the two brothers have to be the nicest guys around, and I love thier koi and the prices are nice as well. Today we had been joined by a dutch dealer who asked for a yonsai to be bowled, and did the koi make the whole place go still, it was incredable, the whole package was superb, watch out the people in europe as this fish is staying in Japan for a few years yet and will be coming to compete, a deal was struck and the best fish I have seen this week was sold.
Today we started off at oofuchi looking for more unusual varietys, never disapointed we bought two sansai doitsu hariwakes and a sansai tancho sanke. Last year I noticed that he was producing some nicer go sanke, so we bought some and have to say were very pleased with them, at the time they had that matsunoske look to them, this year he even better quality so I purchesed another 3 and a doitsu platinum ogon again all sansai and female. Curosity got the bettter of me and I had to ask, he laughed and said you know already, seems that even ooffuchi can undertsand a little English! With an added bonus of the female over 90 he said there is no reason that the off spring cant do the same, happy days!!!! It was then off to look at 2 fish we had left last year and here the story gets complicated and I will go into more detail later. Another curry and rice for lunch and then off to sakai to look at what we couldnt afford, amazing harvets with a great gin rin kohaku that id love to own, but way out of my leauge. Then back to yagenji, why? why not! These guys bare probably the nicest people in niigata and always pleased to see you, so always buying koi from them it was time to buy a koi for azukari (leave in the mud ponds) when I mentioned it to the brothers we started talking about koi from the main pond, our agent loved a shiro that was bowled, when in the bowl the skin was excellant and a great body shape, a price was negotiated which I thought was fair, and then renogatiated due to the fact that it was her birthday and she said the new price, it was rude to say no, one condition, the koi has to be called "niki " , I can live with that, after a quick bet on the size (which yagenji won) the koi was measured at 58cm and will go through 65 next year and then on to 80 in the future. After having a quick look at yamazaki which hardley had any stocks, but worth visiting as he had an amzing sansai showa which was absolutely stunning. Also a visit to oya koi farm left us wondering what we had missed as he was low on koi but had a lovley showa which was too small to pack on its own. Taime to call it a day and head back to the hotel.