Super sale for three days this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in our main pond, and pond 1B. The main pond has nisai , sansai and yonsai. 1B has jumbo tosai from last year from Dainichi and Ogata. All koi in these two ponds will be around half price and must be collected. These ponds are around 16-17degrees. Sorry this is only open to visitors to the shop only.
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Most days when you get up , you just never know what is going to happen , or what your going to see , may be that's the beauty of buying in Niigata .Today was going to throw many great things my way , and all in a good way . Our first visit was going to be an old favourite of ours Oofuchi koi farm , this place is great , so many varieties and so many sizes its really one stop for non go sanke . Today I was hoping for some Kujaku as I havnt seen too many around of the quality that I like , and these guys breed some good ones!

On arrival we all said hello  and got straight into catching up the sansai . This year he had a lot of small sansai amoung his ususal size , there was a lot of fish in the main tank , and I was being a little fussy as I have bought a lot of koi . I managed to find 4 nice kujaku and one doitsu , sizes from 40 to nearly 60cm . I had a few sanke in the bowl as well , but when we came to getting the prices , I thought the sanke was keeping the price high , so I put them back and got the kuajaku for around what I was expecting . This farm never fails to impress me , if had more room and a little more budget , there were sooooo many varities I could have bought , kikokoryu , normal , beni and ki , doitsu platinums , doitsu hariwakes , tancho and tancho sanke , and lots more besides . Its always a great experience at this place , only slightly marred by a group who just turned up and used the bowls we were trying to take pics in , and generally getting in the way . Even had to ask one person to move out the way while I was taking pics , personally I think its not good to do this , I would normally ask first of it was ok , or wait until the other party was finished . So after this I just left and went to the other fish house to look at the higher quality fish house .

Sansai kujaku 50-55cm





Once again I was seriously impressd with quality , and what was striking was the go sanke that he is turning out nowadays , for showa he uses a Dainichi female , and we placed one in a bowl and you could see the quality , we then bowled three Kujakus , I thought sansai and around 50-55cm , i was looking in the pond and not taking much notice of the fish coming out or the breeders coming and going . When he waved me over and opened the zippy cover i was seriously shocked , and though bloody hell im out of my league here a little , the agent must have read my mind and said do you want them back ? I looked at the showa , it was nice , but may a little plump , but the kujaku were all way over 60cm , may  be even 65 and stunning quality . I asked for them to be left a little while longer , as some of you know i love kujaku , its one of my favourite non go sanke varieties and i wont see many like this in a bowl on a trip . I was nearly drooling over these three yonsai ( they weren't sansai as i now realised lol )  , and shook my head , now Oofuchi is not a man of many words , and he held a hand up as if to say wait a minute , prices  were given , and i was a little surprised , not cheap but not where i thought they would be , he explained that one was very expensive , and the other two were still very good .  The crowd in the fish house had now swelled as another group came in , i was joined by my friend from Belgium Nico , now this guy is a very serious player in the Koi world , you have to put a very serious koi in a bowl to raise a smile from him . He put his hand on my shoulder and said very nice , very nice , like i needed more pressure !!!!! So we had a little chat and i asked for a price for all three ,  a price was agrred , and the deal was done . When you see these i know ill get many interest , but i think the price will not be for many of you , and if they don't sell , then what the hell , i have three great fish to sit and watch in the cold , quieter  winter days !






By the time we headed back into Ojiya , we were nearly  at dinner time , so we called into the ramian bar  near to Hirasawa . I had finally had enough of egg sandwiches , and wanted a hot dinner . So it was time for the liver and rice , if you get a chance to go its the one on the main route road to Ojiya just past Miya . This liver is the most tender i have ever eaten , and try to get it once or twice on every trip , and to be honest it doesn't cost much more than going to the 7-11 . We have a few things to do this week re customers koi , so to tie in with that we had a trip up to mushigame to visit some of the breeders up there , Kanno was busy so we will try him again tomorrow . We then decided to drive  down to see what Maruhiro had been harvesting , as we passed Sakai he had just arrived , too good an opportunity to pass by so we popped in . Sakai was there and we joined him for coffee , before we did , he took us to a pond and was talking about pink beni , pink beni i thought , has he lost his mind ????? He turned the air off , and what ever the hell pink beni was , i wanted some of it , these were amazing kohaku , two were bowled and he wouldn't give us a price but i heard the word expensive  and very in the same sentence , he said he would think over tea . So off to the tea room , now one thing i don't share with the breeders is there love of green tea, but the one they serve here  isn't too bad and over the years ive kind of got use to it . It doesn't taste as good as coffee , but im finding it kind off refreshing , and it helps negotiations im all for it . Now this is the bit that's difficult to explain on the blog , were very good friends with Sakai , with him we can relax and chat about all sorts of stuff , but the subject always seems to bounce back to the ususal , and is not the sort of thing i can write about on here lol , so that's about an hour and a half of the blog lost for ever ! Its always funny , and we have had some great times with him , once i remember visiting and him saying , do we have to work and talk koi ? he opned some beer and we didn't mention koi for the rest of the day . So anyway , as the conversation was finally swung round to koi , he mentioned that we still had to sort out two replacements for our customers who had problems in the mudponds , not lost but one came out male , and one was deformed , normally they are left at the customers risk , but sakai said this wasn't risk , it was the fault of the fish and he would replace them both . Very honourable , and shows why i stay  in Niigata  for my koi purchases , ok money talks we all know that . but sometimes relationships can also mean a great deal , and bearing in mind i wasn't here last October due to my accident  , so he still remembered and kept his word ! Any way i asked the price of the kohaku , and againm he said mmmmm , i said ok i need some sanke , so we went to the main pond , oh my word , his nisai were up to 61cm , they were really big bodied  , biggest nisai sanke i have seen , but with that comes the price , we bowled three and then stopped , these were really out of my league , i asked about the sansai next year , he said 70-75 cm , very very impressive , and i was pleased for him , not as pleased as he was for himself . He showed us some smaller snake around 45-50cm , he tried to sex them and said he was 50/50 , its not always easy this time of year , but the quality was very good , the skin was amazing , and the patterns pretty good as well , so i guess two out of thre isn't bad lol ! As i was considering the buying all five that were in the bowl , the two Kohaku were placed in the bowl , theres some serious money in this bowl i thought , then Sakai literally rocked my world , he said to help with the replacments there was a very good deal on the table if you take all 7 koi . Now i am tring to buy female koi all the time on the better quality koi , the two kohaku  were , but five unsexed sanke , even though the quality was good was a bit much . But the offer was so good , and i wanted to sort out replacement koi for my two customers i accepted his very generous offer . I then listened to the explanation of pink beni , where it comes through the shiroji and how it gets better as tie goes by , but if im honest , i was still too busy looking at the koi in front of me . He asked if i was happy , i said very and shook his hand , feeling great we went back in for anther round of tea and chat , this time it was about koi lol . After this i knew we had to go to Dainichi to see the auction fish we had bought , had a bit of worry on this one as four are already sold , and bought from pics . So don't we went to the riverside to see the most famous showa breeder in the world .





So here i am ,  walking around Dainichi koi farm with five certificates and NO ONE around at all , all i need is to check the five koi we purchased were ok , and if we could get a quick video . Now i know these guys are one of the biggest and most respected breeders in the world , and im going to interrupt their harvesting schedule , to basically be a pain in the butt , as i couldn't  get the videos from their site on auction day ! As we walked around it was spooky , loads of vans with Dainichi all written over them , lost count at how many giant fish houses they have but no one around  ( i stopped at five as i had the certificates in the other hand lol ) . I then thought they must be doing a really giant harvest , so lets just go and return later . Then a van pulled up with a member of staff , we showed him the pics and he lead us to a couple of ponds where our fish were located , he said he would go and get some help . Our agent then said , oh no he has the boss with him , Futoshi him self . I felt a bit awkward , i don't know why , i guess thes guys have such a reputation , i felt a little unimportant being there . But as it happens , i couldn't be further from the truth , he was a smashing fella , made time for us , offered to catch one at a time , i thought this is great but don't push it so said two in a bowl for a quick video , he taked us through some of the fish , pointed at a kohaku and said very nice , but the other one he said would grow very big , which is great as the UK customer bought it just for that reason ! The last ione went in on its own as it was one of the three star rated showa , it was great , i loved it , i knew the customer would be very happy , but i could see Futoshi wasn't , he called me over and said body line , i looked at it and could see after a minute , it had a kink , not a big one , but it was there . Now i thought what the hell happens here , he said take it off the bill , or come back and ill change it for another on Friday as we are harvesting , he also knew we need another koi to make the box up so this worked really well . Got to say , i was very impressed , the whole set up is so professional , friendly and so full of amazing koi , and then the boss man himself showing me what i  might have missed  altogether , he didn't know me from Adam , and told me straight away , offered a replacement and was super friendly . Think im looking forward to this Friday , and although i don't think i can buy a lot from this farm , i might start looking into the tosai business here next year ! Sorry i didn't take pics , but do have videos , also the sanke that was thought to have  mark  on the gill plates is totally ok , so is up for sale again!