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Sep 2018

Category: October 2018

Two weeks today , i will return to the mountains , of the Niigata region in Japan . Ill be there for two weeks , selecting new koi for the shop , and looking for customers requests. You can follow what i get up to , on this blog . We will also visit the Isawa region , to select from a few breeders there as well . By reading the blog , you can also get a quick preview , of the koi before they go on the website . On the trip , we are hoping to see at least one pond harvested , and i hope that will be the one at Maruhiro , that has 20 of our koi in , including this sanke !

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Feb 2018

Category: February 2018

         Good start  to the day , diddnt think i was buying  much , news from the South , takigawa hand selected tosai , and 16 jumbo tosai from Momotaro . 

Read more: Saturday : One visit and then off to Tokyo/koi from the south

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Feb 2018

Category: February 2018

After visiting Yamamatsu yesterday , we were promised a hand selection of some very high grade tosai . At one point i considered buying the whole pond , but the money involved was outrageous , in fact , if im honest ,

Read more: Friday : Almost a perfect day

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Feb 2018

Category: February 2018

       The main topic of conversation , among dealers in the hotel , is that most are struggling to find koi . Different dealers are looking for differant things , some are trying to buy whole ponds to get a good price , some  are just after selecting cheap koi , some are selecting very high quality . But all are saying the same thing ,they are  buying koi , but finding things hard going . We have done well i think , with a cross section of koi , of all varietys , sizes and quality .The one reason i think is , i have long given up making plans when coming to Niigata .

Read more: Thursday : Breeders stocks are running low !

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Feb 2018

Category: February 2018

My original plan was to head down the South of Japan , to carry on the success of my visit there in the Autumn . But to be honest , things are going so well up here , and im being offered nice koi by our agent based down there , it makes sense to leave him to do his job down there .

Read more: Wednesday : Mad dogs and Englishmen