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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Last day today , and definately a mixture of ups and downs .Trying to hand select tosai , running round trying to see all the koi that belong to us , that were harvested after we left in October . We started off at Tanaka Maruju in Mushigame , here we started selecting through around a thousand plus tosai , very pleased with the resuts and ended up with around 80 koromo , showa , gin rin showa , kohaku and sanke . Not the cheapest koi in Niigata , but certinaly amoung the best , ive always said you get what you pay for in life , and these fish prove that . We finished around 12 ish and were invited to join Tanaka for lunch but had to sadly decline due to another hand pick tosai appointment . This next appointment if i was honest , i was a bit sceptical about .The reason for this was it was at Kaneko koi farm , we had visited earlier in the week to pick shiro utsuri but found they were too small and with very litte sumi . After explaining this to him , he took us to another fish house and offered to pick through some way better examples , he said that this was his tategoi and the price he gave reflected this . Now ive always been sceptical about picking through so called tategoi , so i asked why , he simply explained that his tosai this year was so good that he had selected way too many tatgegoi , and if wanted to pay the higher price he was happy to let me select through , now bearing this koi were mainly 3-5 inches it was a gamble , but he who dares wins . We couldnt select then due to the fact that he was still feeding , so the machines were turned off for our visit today . The pond was netted and most were caught up and i started selecting , i can honestly say it was one of the hardest jobs ive done , the level of koi was outstanding , and it was nt a hard job trying to work out what to take , but what to leave behind !!!!!! An hour later the job was done and i had selected 40 very nice tategoi shiro utsuri . Along with these selected tosai and some deals with have done with other breeders im very happy with the smaller fish we have this year , and i think the older fish speak for them selves . Last visit today was to Sakai koi farm where we had some fish we needed to see , that were harvested after we left in October . The news wasnt all good as some of them hadnt come out and one was male . I cant go into details as some of these were customers koi , but he has promised to sort somthing out to those involved which i hope is a reflection of the good relation ship we have with him . As to mine , the showa came out way bigger and way better than i ever could imagined , she had reached nearly 60cm , and only went in at 42 , her skin was stunning as was the beni , and the body was huge , so at least one very good result . As to my one that i lost , he said he had nothing good enough to replce it , so i asked about may be a older koi and ill make the differance , he pointed to one that was swimming around , i had noticed it earlier but thought it was out of my leauge , so he bowled it her and she was stunning , a little thin but remember it hadnt been fed since October , so i asked what were we were going to do . I like to think i know this guy quite well , he has a smile that he gives when you know he is happy or when he is joking , he told me the differance , and if im honest i diddnt know whether he was happy or joking . It turns out he was happy , and the deal he offered was superb and ive got a superb 4 year old sanke around 70cm coming back with me . Although there was a little diapointment it was a great day to end the trip , we then spent the rest of the afternoon drinking coffee and lughing and joking , unfortunatley i cant go into the conversation , but it was funny . Sakai is a tremondous guy , his koi are fantastic and i hope one day to remind people in the uk how good they are ! Now its off to Tokyo to start the journey home ..............................................................pictures to fllow in while

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