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Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

I was looking forward to today , we were going to visit a couple of breeders we havnt dealt the before , or for a long time . First up was Marusaka , known for kujaku , juimbei sanke and his weird and wonderful doitsu varietys . I havnt bought here for a few years as I find that you need to be here at the right time to get some good fish at the right time . This time it was right for me , and I soon had some nisai kujaku , doitsu hariwake , gin rin Kujaku , sanke and tancho sanke among others.

Read more: New farms, old farms and farms revisited

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Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

Wednesday was a fairly quiet day , we started off at Marudo , and selected 3 very nice femake and sanke nisai , around 53-55cm . Great Koi , great quality ! The rest of the day spent driving round many breeders who were either low on stock and still harvesting , or they were off busy getting the Nagaoka show ready or simply out harvesting , this can happen , and to be honest when I got back to the hotel I had so much to do , I didndt want to spend  few more hours writing about in and out of fish houses bowling nothing up all day !

Read more: Wednesday and a quiet one at that

18

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

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!

Read more: A quality day in more ways than one

17

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

Ichi ban Ikeage  , ok loosely translated as number one harvest , that's because how it felt today at Maruhiro koi farm , not his number one , but mine . We had 8 koi left with him over the summer and they were all harvested today with outstanding results ! So back to the start of the day , we had to leave the hotel at 6.45 to meet Hinori at his facility , when I said the nght before I cant start that early with food , he took it seriously and when we arrived there egg sandwiches and boxes of juice for everyone , who says you cant drop a hint lol , but seriously it was handy as the hotel didn't serve breakfast until 7 ! We then drove up to the mudponds , the view is breath taking , and today better than ever , a mist just covered the tips of the trees . When we arrived the staff were alreadyin the pond with the seine net and  ready to go .This mudpond isn't particularly large , but its the one we use every year , I remember saying to Mark Gardner I think I should ask Hinori to put the sanke that came out last year at over 70 in a bigger pond , Mark replied why would you do that ? It grew 10cm as yonsai , be a good idea to leave it there again lol ! Don't you just hate it when Mark is right , first  koi out was the sanke and it looked huge , another kohkau came out the same , and every fish just looked massive . Its hard to be happy at this point , don't get me wrong im excited and glad they have all come out , but never happy when they are in muddy water and you cant see them clearly .The best part for me is when they are back at the facility and coming of the truck , into clean water for a good look over , and then the tale of the tape !!!!!!!  First off the truck was a two step kohaku , I nearly passed out when I saw it , it was huge and way beyond what I had expected , the quality was great and Hinori was just as excited as me . Purchased last spring as a 72 cm yonsai , it was now gosai and 81cm ! This koi was sold during the summer , and I guess the owner will be VERY happy !

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17

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

First job today was to visit Isa and see how our two Azukari showa had come out of the mud ponds . Good news they were out alive and well , that was a good start ,  , also both female . Both had grown and were around 50-52cm . One was very nice and pleased with that , the other had some secondary hi around the tail which spoilt it , real shame as the skin was lovely and the pattern nice . Here in lies the risk with Azukari  , I NOW have two nisai showa , both now worth much less than I had paid as tosai . Am I worried , no , that's the way it goes , will it stop me doing it again , definitely not ! Would I carry on buying from this breeder , hell yes ! You have to take this on the chin , the good goes hand in hand with the bad , and that's the way it is , if you cant take disappointment , don't leave fish in Japan . Please don't take this as negative , I enjoy leaving koi in Japan , but im aware of the risks , the pitfalls and also the excitement when they go right ! We had a look round and they guys are still busy harvesting so the wasn't a great deal of koi to view .We left here and wanted to go to Yagenji as we had a Kindai showa coming out of the mudponds there as well.

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