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 ...

22

Oct 2014

Category: October 2014

After lunch we started our journey back to Ojiya , popped into Kobyashi to have a look at some shiro utsuri . Very nice , but alot already sold , so low amount of koi as he has ony just started harvesting . Hope to see him again later this week . Cutting through the mountains invlved hairy drive back to Mushigame , but with the advantage of seeing an old breeder called Suzuki . He breeds many vaieties, showa , kujaku , doitsu go sanke and many others . This guy is great , but its ony a small farm so can be a bit hit and miss , this tme not disapointed , 16 nisai around 30-35 cm includng , kujaku , doitsu showa , doitsu shiro , doitsu sanke , tancho showa .
We then went to another oneof our favourute farms , Shinoda , with hndfulls of orders i was looking fowad t this visit all wee , unfortunatley he has been well visited by other dealers so we struggled a little to find what we wanted . He has told us he will be hrvesting again tomorow , so we may get another visit in before we come home. Just around the cornen is hiroi , another great breeder of goshiki , gin rin goshiki , doitsu and many othrs , a quick visit to see what gems he had in , very impressive , but not what i was looking for , so just about time for a quick visit to Torazo on the way home , fundmyself looking at a three sep kohaku with stunning skin quality , loved the body , loved the price ( well almost ! ) , so the fish was purchased and we left for the sort journey home to the hotel .Another great day , and tomorrow is shaping up good already , Kase , Aoki , and Hosakai , doitsu , metalics and high quality goshiki , may be even shiro utsuri . Pics to follow in awhile.

22

Oct 2014

Category: October 2014

Alot of people have been asking me for some showa , so today ill try and not to disapoint , so off to Sekiguchi we went . This farm is quite a drive from where we are based so the usual banter went on between Chris , Mark Chetter , Mark Gardner and myself , to the point Mark G asked if he was the only adult left in the car lol , and how much happier he would be tomorrow driving his own car ! Well you have to have a laugh dont you ? On arrival we went to look at the nisai , the brothers know we have customers that like good quality males , they took me to a pond where they has some around 50cm .It took me about five minutes to pick what i wanted , and i heeard what i know to be a rude word in Japanese , so i looked at Sekiguchi and he laughed and pointed at one of the showas , female , oh dear i said and a had a little chuckle to myself . As the pics were done and Mark was doing the video a tiny little 18cm nisai caught my eye , a four step maruten , pearl gin rin sanke , so i picked it out and put it in the bowl , will it change the packimg weight i asked ? No one laughed and one even shook his head , well i thought it was funny . We moved on to the next fish house ad started bowng female high quality showa , i found one kindai showa that i could put in a couple of males that i liked . All purchases photohraphed and videos we thanked the brothers and said out good byes . I cant recoment these guys enough , genuine people with a genuine product , and fair prices ( although not cheap ) ! Just around the corner we visted Satoshi Tanaka , he had built a new fish  house , we e arrived it  looked as bight a button ,once inside howeer  it was like the old fish  house with stuff evey were, new fish house , old Tanaka lol ! Saying that the fis were still as good as ever , as most of you know i really rate this guys kujaku , but this time he hadnt havested them so welt empty handed , shame , but thats the way it goes ! Onwards to the7-11 for a variety of curried meals and the inevatable can of hot coffee!

21

Oct 2014

Category: October 2014

Harvest time at mad monkeys ! Mark chetter had purchased a showa last spring on our visit to the All Japan Show , Maruhiro had recomended it as an Azukari koi , ie to be left in the mudponds .We also had half a dozen or so in the same pond , so it was decieded that we would watch it be harvested . As the net went round , the old gang ( staff ) worked hard in the pouring rain while we waited to see the first koi , as they started catching them up two jumped straight over the net , off they went again as we had a nice lunch of curried rice and drinks provided by Hnoris wife. As the koi came up in plastic bags it was obvious he was pleased with the results , and asked meto join him at the truck , his arms went in the tank and pulled up a showa , Gary San showa , i wish i replied , he laughed and sad it is, i felt it was a sales moment , and i was already a showa down , bad timing i tought ! We all got back in the cars and travelled back to the farm . One by one all the koi were brought in and videoed , masured and photgraphed , I got my pics out ready for a show down with the breeder , Mark Gardner laughed and said no way is that your showa , i know its not i replied biting my lip . The showa in quesion wet into the bowl , i shook my head and he nodded , i then took a long hard look , this was the showa ! She has changed dramtically , im not talking about sumi just coming through , im talking about a major transformation , you see the pics and judge for your self !! came Marks showa , he was over the moon , she had done unbelievably well , which was a major relief for me , last year i had concens about the body shape , it was huge, i neednt have worried , th body shape had come good and the showa looked great , round two to Maruhiro ! Two gin rin showas and a sanke , all looked great and grown . Then my kinda showa was bowled , i was shocked , never seen such a imporvement in a koi , th skin was way better than it was , the body gleamed , i was asked wha i wanted t do with it , i said i dont know what the hell to do , Hinori replied , take it home and chage your customers a miion yen!!! ! That good ?? He nooded and saidoh yes . If im honest th next hour on the farm was blur as i was so happy , but we hadt move on , now it as time to go to Koda . Small nisai of many varietys were selcted , incuding ochiba, showa , gin rin showa , kindai showa , gin rin kindai showa , doitsu shiro goromo and many others ! After doing all th pics it was back to the hotel with a smile th would take some wiping off my face! First 7 pics areMaruhiro koi frm th harves , nex one is Mark chettters tancho sanke , next four are just some of the nisai we purchased from Koda .