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Quick stop for egg sandwiches and we were off to our first stop Maradoh, amazing selection of go sanke and a whole pond of massive chagoi. But as was to be the course for the day, everything we wanted was not in the budget, and what koi were in our budget were not what we wanted!!!!! We then returned to Kaneco to see some three year old shiros that he had harvested and unfortunately again not quiet what we were looking for. Visits to Nagashima, Otsuka and Sakai found again the same old problem of quality verses price, but some amazing koi were seen with the promises of more to come from the mud ponds. Gontaro had some nice sanke and we may well go back and have a look later this week. Feeling a bit worn out and to say a little disappointed it was time to stop and have some curried rice and a re think. Fully refreshed it was off to the Jimbei farm where no one failed to see a koi that they fell in love with but again they were such high quality came the price, out of the blue we were offered this huge nisai sanke, nearly 60 cm with a body shape to much. price was so cheap i had to ask why, reply was "breeder doesn't like it " , fine , he doesn't, i do!!! So finally a purchase. A little way up the road from jimbei a little place we visit that has some unusual varietys and saw a large sansai hanna shusui which really caught my eye, may have to re visit and have a look. Our agent then receives a call from sakai saying he has harvested so it was back to see some stunning sansai which again a few koi we really liked but a night of reflection needed as they were not cheap.
After a late night at the bar with over 10 English and South African koi dealers and watching our old friend Toru getting very drunk and reminiscing old trips to Japan, and the old arguments of mine are bigger, better and cheaper than yours, it was time to get up and actually do what we were all talking about the night before! First stop of the day are our old friend Jurosky where a nice sansai female shiro utsuri and sansai aka sanke were purchased. Shiro looks a little stressed as it was in the bowl a long time, nice koi from a real friendly family so a good start to the day.
A quick drive up the road and we were in Torazo and i think the whole group were impressed with the high quality of Go sanke available. Nearly every one had a koi in a bowl, but the real high light was a smashing little nisai kohaku that one of the group had bowled, for the money it was a fantastic koi, then came the blow when a misunderstanding led us to believe the koi was male so it was sadly returned, then the agent pointed out it was female so it was re bowled, just as the customer agreed to purchase the breeder realised that it was a tategoi that had jumped from the pond next door, the price was now double and so the poor old kohaku was returned! I have put this in the blog for no other reason than to show people all sides to a trip to Japan and show how frustrating things can get, no bodys fault at all it was just one of those things. From there to Izumeer the home of jumbo koi, unfortunately the breeder was judging a koi show so we left with a customer seeing a rather nice Tancho sanke which we needed to get a price for. On to Sakazume who had a wide variety of good grade koi but nothing taking anyone's fancy it was time to move on again. Next breeder a personal favourite of mine Miyatora, again some very nice high grade tancho sanke but yonsai with a price to match. I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed as there was just not much the whole group really liked, hopefully we will return when he harvests again. With one of our customers needing a larger high grade shiro it was off to pay a little breeder we use a visit that proved to be very usefull. Some small good grade nisai were purchased and a 6 year old shiro reserved for one of our clients. (photo to follow) heres the nisai that were purchsed, sorry about the photo of some of the shiros, trust me the skin is superb and my photography very bad.
Finally arrived at our hotel in Nagaoka ready to go sraight out to the breeders. First stop Fukashima who had some lovely kohakus and showa from sejiro blood line. Couldnt resist having a few nice and early on day one!!
Arrived at Nagyoka at 2pm after a fairly uneventfull journey , well except me shaking a underarm deoderant and the ball flying out covering me , and two other passengers and numerous seats ! Oh well , were here and thats all that counts .Having only a few hours it was decieded to go straight to Yagenji and say hello . Some lovely koi , but nothing that really grabbed me , so i picked a nice box of koi for our new trade site . From there it was off to Nagashima where some options on a tategoi showa will be thought about over night , and a purchase of a sanke from momotaro blood line , Nagashima really rates these guys and has already bred thier blood line into his showas which are giving very good growth rates .Please ignore white bits on the leading beni as they are just foam .( see video on koi for sale section )
Bags packed , hopefully nothing forgotten ! Tomorrow at 8am i leave for the 24 hour journey to Niigata the birth place of nishikigoi. With two customers joining me and some good news arriving from Japan tonight , (see news page ) things are looking good , and hopefully there should be reports and pics on the blog by friday lunchtime (your time )