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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Today we were starting off at one of my favourite farms , Oofuchi ! Athough its a bit of a trip ,its always worth it , and i cant remember a time i diddnt come away with koi . We soon arrived and started filling bowls with koi, i had Kujaku , tancho sanke  , showa , doitsu platinum and a shiro utsuri .

Then the best doitsu kujaku i have ever seen  i heard the work expensive in Japanese , but diddnt worry , as this koi in this fish house diddnt usually come with telephone numbers as price tags . Usually the brothers have their discussion , come back to the vat , then go off and continue the price debate . The prices were very fair and we purchased all , except the kujaku , they hadnt done that , so another round of discussions took place , i started to have a bad feeling about it ! Always trust your gut feeling , the doitsu kujaku was more than most of the koi i had just purchased put together ,  i was stunned , how ever , its was absolutely stunning , great skin , nice pattern , but i had to pass ! Then it was off to the best fish house , where if they had a hot coffee machine , i could stay for hours and watch the koi here all day ! A soon as the air went off , i sw her , 62cm of yonsai tancho showa , bred from Dainichi bloodline . She was caught up with an asagi , doitsu gin matsuba and a 4 step kujaku . Once again , prices wee a little strange , the asagi which was the best we had seen all week , was not cheap , but fair we thought , but the gin matsuba and the kujaku , were again more or less the most expensive , and goes to show how the breeders rate their different varieties . Well , hold on , i said they were the most expensive , i hadnt been told the price of the tancho showa , dearer still , but i was in a good mood , it had been a great week , so treated myslef ! On another note , Chris from Kitsu purchased the asagi , a very serious example , so if your looking for one , give him a call ! 


      Leaving Oofuchi we headed towards our next breeder at Echigo Urasawa . The country road winds along a river , between all the mountains , and is beautiful and peaceful . Suddenly a heard a very loud horn sounded , i jumped out of my seat and was scared still , i thought a lorry was bearing down on us , a looked around and everyone was laughing their heads off , it was a train running a hundred yards away , i really did see my life flash before me , much to the amusement of everyone else ! It was so loud , ad they do it to be friendly so the agent said , friendly ??? i nearly had a heart attack the bloody idoits , which started everyone laughing again , after a few choice rants , i did see the funny side of it ! Any way , next breeder , Satoshi Tanaka . Well known for his kujaku , and of late his kin showa . We arrived and was made welcome , there were ponds full of high class koi, all except Kujaku . All this way up the motor way , for kujaku, and none to be seen , which seemed to amuse everyone gain , seems i was at the end of everyones amusement , but within a few hours , id be laughing at them . So i had some orders for kin showa , so i set around bowling some nice ones , and soon had kin showa , tancho showa and gin rin tancho showa , and  a nice little scaled hariwake . I was one short for the box , but had run out of koi i liked inthe pond, so a deal was struck for one out of his much higher grade , i then bought three sansai , a male ochiba of show quality , and two female kin showas . I said id like to buy them all ,  so he added it all up , and made a very nice offer , when the price is right and fair , there is no need to negotiate , and it was a fair offer . Due to all the travelling , it was late in the afternoon so we headed back down the motor way to koide , for our last visit(or so we thought ! )  of the day , to Takahashi . Famous for his showa , and beni kumonryu among others .









The sky had darkened , it started raining and the wind picked up , i thought we are in for a storm here , and a big one . In the mountains ,weather can change very quickly .By the time we reached Takahashi , it was windy , rain getting heavy and lightning and thunder , grim indeed. When we got into the fish house ,  We were offered to select through two levels of nisai , and decided to go into the better ones . I was taking my time , not walking back in the instant monsoon that had now developed . I soon had two bowls of nisai , of all varieties , too many to mention , so take a look at the videos ! As i was waiting for the koi to be moved , i could see everyone was deep in thought around a bowl , as i was finished , i notice the the thunder was getting louder , and thought its getting very noisy as well , the BANG , it was a bomb going off , the loudest thunder i had ever heard  , and everyone jumped like athletes and all were visably shaken except me , i thought it was hilarious , i said now you know how its feels . With videos and pics taken it was off to the hotel , well it was , the phone rang , it was Maruhiro , due to being busy tomorrow , he had harvested my mud pond , in this horrific storm  what a total mad man , then he wanted us to go to the farm , and watch them come off the van . It was late already , and we were all exhausted , but knew we had to go , as he had made a tremendous effort ! We arrived at the farm , and the whole team was waiting for us , but thats another story , for another day .......................Sorry , but we finished at 8.30 , and im behind on all the web work , so will do a blog specially on the Azukari project .