Gatwick Koi Japan News Blog Updates
We left the hotel a little earlier today , as our first destination was Sekiguchi koi farm . This is reached by a 40 minute journey on the motorway , so a little extra time is needed to get there by 9am . I hadnt been to the farm for a year or so , as either him or us had been busy , the first thing that hit me was two more fish houses had been built , great sign that the breeder is busy . We started in one fish house , and i started bowling some smaller nisai from 30cm , half way through i realized , that although the koi were very nice , it wasnt what we had come for , so i apologised , stopped and put the fish back . We then went into another fish house , and taken to a pond of males around 45-50cm , once again although great quality , not what i had come for . So into anther fish house , and to two ponds full of nisai . I soon had 8 nice female showa in a bowl , including a tancho showa , in the pond it diddnt look as what i had hoped , so we bowled her up , and she looked way better ! . A price was given , and the price was fair , but i wanted better , so Sekiguchi suggested 12 showa was a number he was happy for the price i wanted , i looked at what i had left in the pond , and soon had another 4 in the bowl i wanted . In fact , there was two in the bowl we hadnt selected , and i was really thinking about them as well , but we had some great koi at a great price , so i left the last two , took the videos and pics of the 12 very nice quaity koi i had in the bowls . All 12 koi are female and around 50-55cm , couple were slightly smaller .
I woke this morning , after quite a reasonable sleep for a first night in Japan . I woke up and finished yesterday blog , and then went downstairs for breakfast of meatballs and salad . Seems that my giving up sugar in coffee , has started some strange health kick , also decided to bypass the bread bin for the usual round or two if toast . So feeling full of energy , and convincing my new eating was giving me super strength , that or the fact i had 6 hours sleep , i bounded into the car camera at hand , ready to take on the world , or rather Niigatas finest .
After lunch , we visited Hinori san at Maruhrio koi farm . After he showed us round , he gave us the prices of most of the ponds , and some indiviual koi . Then he stunned us by saying he had to leave to harvest , gave us bowls nets and his wife , and said you know my prices , help yourself , and ill check the koi and prices later ok ??? I was shocked , just goes to show what a great relationship we had . After a while we had some koi in bowls , and even found some nice varities in his cheaper ponds . So soon had some tanchos female nisai and around 50-55cm in a bowl , a little stressed as they had just been harvested , but nice spots . Also some nicer priced msaller ones , All the ponds were already full of amazing koi , I know i beat the drum a little for this guy , but his quality gets better every year , i came under a bit iof stick for supporting him so hard in the early years , but now i see more and more uk dealers going in there , and wondering why we get so well looked after . You build your buisness together over the years , and those reltionships last a life time . So after an hour i was feeling the affects of the flight and travel , so we bought around ten koi or so , including some unusual varities , and lots of females including a beast of a hajiro , but by the time i had it in a bowl it had got a little lighter ! Still impreeseive beast with lovly pecks , slight trim on one , but i wasnt going to worry about that , as these are hard to find . Also a stunning gin matsuba that sould have sold 10 times over !
Travelling to Japan , can be at best a little testing ! Today , that testing was put to its limit . I arrived at Heathrow , as always , with time to spare , only to find out , that the plane had gone technical . That means to the non aviation technicians among us ( including me ) , that it had broken down . For some reason during the routine maintanance , the cowlings that surround the engine couldnt be closed . This caused a two hour delay in take off , then on arrival at Haneda , we were disembarked onto coaches , instead of the main building , and guess what , there wasnt enough coaches to go around , so another 1/2 hour delay , combine that with the first customs search in 40 visits , meant i was struggling to get my normal bullet train to Niigata ! But after a mad dash across Tokyo station , i got the train with a minute to spare ! The next hour 40 mins were spent trying to relax and get me into koi mood , as i was far from it as i slumped into my seat for the long train journey .
Today I was leaving for Tokyo , for an over night stay and an early flight back to the UK , so I just wanted to see a couple of breeders before I left . Last year , I left a small nisai kohaku with a breeder we call Abe san . Although breeding from brood stock such as SFF and Dainichi , he doesn’t like growing on koi too fast . So the nisai I left in October 2015 was around 32cm , amd wasn’t harvested by the time I left Japan last October , so I was keen to see it , It was placed in a bowl and I was very happy , skin quality was good , and although the kohaku was believed to be male , it had a really good shape . We then selected a few nisai around 30cm , to travel in the box with the sansai which was now around 40-45cm .