Gatwick Koi Japan News Blog Updates
I woke this morning , after quite a reasonable sleep for a first night in Japan . I woke up and finished yesterday blog , and then went downstairs for breakfast of meatballs and salad . Seems that my giving up sugar in coffee , has started some strange health kick , also decided to bypass the bread bin for the usual round or two if toast . So feeling full of energy , and convincing my new eating was giving me super strength , that or the fact i had 6 hours sleep , i bounded into the car camera at hand , ready to take on the world , or rather Niigatas finest .
After lunch , we visited Hinori san at Maruhrio koi farm . After he showed us round , he gave us the prices of most of the ponds , and some indiviual koi . Then he stunned us by saying he had to leave to harvest , gave us bowls nets and his wife , and said you know my prices , help yourself , and ill check the koi and prices later ok ??? I was shocked , just goes to show what a great relationship we had . After a while we had some koi in bowls , and even found some nice varities in his cheaper ponds . So soon had some tanchos female nisai and around 50-55cm in a bowl , a little stressed as they had just been harvested , but nice spots . Also some nicer priced msaller ones , All the ponds were already full of amazing koi , I know i beat the drum a little for this guy , but his quality gets better every year , i came under a bit iof stick for supporting him so hard in the early years , but now i see more and more uk dealers going in there , and wondering why we get so well looked after . You build your buisness together over the years , and those reltionships last a life time . So after an hour i was feeling the affects of the flight and travel , so we bought around ten koi or so , including some unusual varities , and lots of females including a beast of a hajiro , but by the time i had it in a bowl it had got a little lighter ! Still impreeseive beast with lovly pecks , slight trim on one , but i wasnt going to worry about that , as these are hard to find . Also a stunning gin matsuba that sould have sold 10 times over !
Travelling to Japan , can be at best a little testing ! Today , that testing was put to its limit . I arrived at Heathrow , as always , with time to spare , only to find out , that the plane had gone technical . That means to the non aviation technicians among us ( including me ) , that it had broken down . For some reason during the routine maintanance , the cowlings that surround the engine couldnt be closed . This caused a two hour delay in take off , then on arrival at Haneda , we were disembarked onto coaches , instead of the main building , and guess what , there wasnt enough coaches to go around , so another 1/2 hour delay , combine that with the first customs search in 40 visits , meant i was struggling to get my normal bullet train to Niigata ! But after a mad dash across Tokyo station , i got the train with a minute to spare ! The next hour 40 mins were spent trying to relax and get me into koi mood , as i was far from it as i slumped into my seat for the long train journey .
Today I was leaving for Tokyo , for an over night stay and an early flight back to the UK , so I just wanted to see a couple of breeders before I left . Last year , I left a small nisai kohaku with a breeder we call Abe san . Although breeding from brood stock such as SFF and Dainichi , he doesn’t like growing on koi too fast . So the nisai I left in October 2015 was around 32cm , amd wasn’t harvested by the time I left Japan last October , so I was keen to see it , It was placed in a bowl and I was very happy , skin quality was good , and although the kohaku was believed to be male , it had a really good shape . We then selected a few nisai around 30cm , to travel in the box with the sansai which was now around 40-45cm .
Today we started off with a visit to Otsuka , havnt been here for a while , as we are trying to build up good relations with fewer breeders , its not that we don't want to visit lots of breeders , it makes more economical sense , to spend more money at fewer breeders , and get better prices . So once we have done that , we then visit any one else if we have the time available . So not having seen any asagi , we decided to visit Otsuka . He like lot of others , was almost out of nisai , and the asagi wernt of the quality we were looking for . In the main pond he did have some high quality , but I mean these were real high quality , so good in fact I knew not to ask lol ! The sansai had some nice karashigoi / kigoi , but these were way bigger than I was looking for.