22

Oct 2017

Category: October 2017

Today is my last day in Niigata , and we move operations to the south of Japan ,to see if this can expand my business any further . As a few of you know , its a bad time of year for me , as 7 years ago , i stepped off the plane at Heathrow , to the news my dad had died undgoing an operation . Its also my Mums birthday this week , and she sadly passed early on in the year , and i know my family in the uk are getting together for the day , and here i am half way around the world away from them ! So i left the hotel , knowing that my mind really wasnt on the job in hand , to the point where our 9am appt at Koda i was going to cancel , as i just wanted to do a few things i had to do to finish up , and get back to Tokyo . But knowing that cancelling appts is not the done thing , and i always try to operate in a way that doesnt upset anyone , i went anyway . To be honest , im very glad i did , the son hs now taken over the business , and is such a nice guy you just can help but like him , the fact that he had three ponds full of nisai with hariwake and goshiki , was irelevent lol . The ponds were looked over , and a fifty fish deal was done . The varieties were amazing , goshiki , doitsu , go snake , shiro , gin rin shiro , gin rin go snake , ochiba and loads more .i also found a doitsu kohaku , very high qualiyy for a uk customer  I soon had my bowls filled , and set about my pics and videos . About this time , a lot of people came in the fish house , which is very frustrating , three times i had to reset videos , and on the 4th time i snapped . I said to the guys , this is not professional , they all apologised , and let me get on with it , a few of them i knew from meeting them over the years , and they all spoke to me and said sorry again . IF you ever find yourself in Japan , visiting breeders , remember , you are a guest in their place of work . How would you feel if you were trying to work in your office and  a big group of people came in and made a racket . To make it worse , there agent came in and he is a very good friend of mine , and he told the guys off ! Big respect to him , he gave me a cuddle and we laughed and made some jokes , really nice  guy , and a 100 percent professional ! So knowing this guy is a bit of a player , i knew there were two doitsu shiros , sansai around 55cm in a pond . I also know this guy buys whole ponds to get his price , so i bowled them up , he saw them and laughed , of course Gary , doitsu shiros , where else will you see them ? Koda gave me a great price as we did so much business with him , i couldnt  refuse . I said good bye to my friend and headed off to Yagenji to have a look at what he had there .

Read more: Sunday last day in Niigata

21

Oct 2017

Category: October 2017

Many people have been asking us to find all sorts of koi this year , so we have had to return to breeders that we havnt used for a while , so its been nice to renew old friendships . First appointment is at an old farm know as Suzuki , we were looking for goromo , and may be some doitsu koi . On arrival he took us into the fish house and there were nisai around 35-40cm , saw some goromo , that looked very nice , but also doitsu showa ! We have really struggled this trip to find any , so this was a real bonus ! Soon had around 30 koi bowled up , this fish house is a nightmare to work in , no room , always hot , tripping over things , and today as i walked over the filters , i sat down on a sofa to look at the koi and make my selection , i then heard a familiar   crack , and new what was coming next . The board broke in half and fell into the water , along with the sofa and half my leg ! i managed to catch my balance and save the camera and the sofa from all toppling into the pond , just escaped with a scratched leg and a damp foot . So after replacing the board , and restting the sofa , i made my selction , and soon had some 24 koi including , doitsu showa and sanke , and goromo . As we were taking the pics , it was notice one koi was deformed ,  so i had already returned  the unwanted koi , i took the oportunity to bowl a few more expensive goromo and selected a really nice one , with great skin quality !

Read more: Saturday , another day as good as the rest !

20

Oct 2017

Category: October 2017

I  am a man of habbit , i like to awake to the alarm clock , drink coffee , bathroom , drink coffee , breakfast drink coffee , and then , and only then i am ready  face the world ! What i dont like is someone banging on my hotel door at 6.30 am , and saying get up , Hinori is in the mountain , the pond is ok to harvest today , and we need to meet him in 20 mins . No coffee , no breakfast , flying visit to the bathroom , diddnt bode well for me today , and anyone i met lol So i throw  my gear in a bag and got down to the foyer at 6.45 , at Maruhiros 7am . Quick drive up to the mountains , and we arrived at the mudpond . Hinori was worried about the growth of the koi , as there was so  much rain he diddnt feed for three- four weeks , that diddnt give me a lot of confidence , but as ive said before Azuakri ( leaving koi ) is alot of risk , and you take the good with the bad ! The net was dragged around the pond , and the first koi out was a sansai sanke , Hinori made made  a fuss , and got out of the water to inspect the koi on the truck . There was a feeling that he was pretty happy , and when i saw the sanke , it had improved no end ! So back he went for the rest . I recognised all the koi coming out , but lost count to how many , i knew one was missing , it was a sanke that i had hoped would break the 80cm barrier . They dragged the net around again , the water left in the net , got smaller and smaller , and i started feeling that there wasnt enough room for a rather large sanke , and Maruhiro was muttering to him self , which means he is worried , annoyed or a combination of both . His hands felt around the small area for what seemed an eternity , then i saw a ripple and colour break the water , you could almost hear everyone breath out in one go , Hinoris smile was back on his face , and the atmosphere became jolly again . 

Read more: Friday , harvest day and we didnt know !

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Oct 2017

Category: October 2017

We left the hotel a little earlier today , as our first destination was Sekiguchi koi farm . This is reached by a 40 minute journey on the motorway , so a little extra time is needed to get there by 9am . I hadnt been to the farm for a year or so , as either him or us had been busy , the first thing that hit me was two more fish houses had been built , great sign that the breeder is busy . We started in one fish house , and i started bowling some smaller nisai from 30cm , half way through i realized , that although the koi were very nice , it wasnt what we had come for , so i apologised , stopped and put the fish back . We then went into another fish house , and taken to a pond of males around 45-50cm  , once again although great quality , not what i had come for . So into anther fish house , and to two ponds full of nisai . I soon had 8 nice female showa in a bowl , including a tancho showa , in the pond it diddnt look as what i had hoped , so we bowled her up , and she looked way better ! . A price was given , and the price was fair , but i wanted better , so Sekiguchi suggested 12 showa was a number he was happy for the price i wanted , i looked at what i had left in the pond , and soon had another 4 in the bowl i wanted . In fact , there was two in the bowl we hadnt selected , and i was really thinking  about them as well , but we had some great koi at a great price , so i left the last two , took the videos and pics of the 12 very nice quaity koi i had in the bowls . All 12 koi are female and around 50-55cm , couple were slightly smaller .

Read more: Thursday showa time , and then others !

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Oct 2017

Category: October 2017

            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 .

Read more: Show quality doitsu and unusuals