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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Once again , i had pretty much a fair nights sleep . 4-6 hours is not too bad at all , as those who have been to Japan will tell you . So i got dressed and went down for breakfast and saw the group of Belgium dealers a i see every year . They looked like they were dressed for the arctic , so i joked about how tough we are in England , one of them pilled back the net curtain , and to my horror it was snowing , when i mean snowing , not the hour we get , thats melted about an hour later . I mean it was really falling , and i couldnt even see the buildings opposite the hotel . The snow , although managed well in Japan , brings its own set of problems . The car has to be clear of snow , to drive with snow on the roof is illegal , as when you break it could totally block your windscreen , the journeys everywhere are much longer , as everyone drives slower ,and there are snow ploughs every corner  , and some roads are closed until April time . 20 minute  journeys can become up to an hour . Still , mustnt grumble , onwards and upwards , so i grabbed my bag and we headed off to Kase . Most who follow the blog , will know this breeder is a big favourite of mine . He is known for his doitsu and metalics , and of late shiro utsuri and showa . On arrival i went to the nisai house  , and it was full of stunning tosai , i thought , hello were in here . My thoughts were interupted by Kase coming round the corner , and shouting " Gary san , tategoi !!! " ,   and shaking his head , i knew there was no going in there with a net lol ! So round to the next fish  house , and we looked through the nisai he had in there , along with the older koi . It was the first time i really coudnt pick a fish to bowl up , there where some nice koi there , but nothing that i needed , or hadnt bought better quality in the Autumn . We were then taken  round the tosai , one pond interested me , a whole pond of stunning metalics , everything you could think off . I was interested in buying the whole pond , but he wasnt moving much on the price to do so  . This doesnt mean the breeder is being greedy , or uncooperative , he knows the value of his fish , and they will be gone one way or the other by March , so he doesnt have to worry about someone coming in and taking the all at a lower price . So ill see how i get on this week , and i may just order some anyway . We shook hands and said our good byes and left to go to Ozumi koi farm , i had hoped for goshiki at Kase , so was  banking on Ozumi having a few , especially as rumours of aoki selling out of nisai . 

       Ozumi koi farm , famous like Kase for his unusual varieties ,  doitsu metalics , goshiki , ochiba , gi rin asagi , doitsu ochiba and many many others . I couldnt help thinking that this was going to be like Kase , not so many nisai to select through . I couldnt be further wrong , when we arrived , the party of my Belgium friends were still there catching up koi from their  9am appointment ! So then i thought , even of there is koi left , these guys arnt gonna leave us much , as they were 6 handed , and most of them had nets in there hand . We were invited in ( please note , i say that , as i see so many people just turning up to breeders without appointments , its drives the breeders mad , and i think is totally unprofessional , and if we turn up without an appointment , its always polite to ask if its ok to come in ) , i stayed away from the pond that  guys who were in , doing the last of their boxes , and i was shocked to see how many koi were here , and how many varieties there where . Although the quality was a little lower than in the winter , the fish were still very nice , and i hoped the prices would be good , as he had so many koi . The other party finished and left , with a little banter how they had taken all the good stuff , i laughed and said by the looks of it , youve left it all behind , a couple of chuckles and they were gone . So i spent a few minutes getting the prices , and i was surprised how good they were . It was then for some reason , that a comment made to me by a customer came flooding back . He said in the Autumn , your getting great koi , but they are all a lot of money , and ive never known you to have so many koi over £1000 . Its like you have forgot about us , the people who want nice attractive nisai , under £200 , its used to be your core business . I was horrified , had i really got carried away , and and forgot about the  business , that helped us to get where we are now ???? I know we all progress , and things move forward , but i always see people in the koi industry push to far forward , and forget whats behind them , and thanks to my customer , i wont make that mistake , Gatwick Koi , is koi for all , and always will be . So i talked to the breeder and agreed new prices , for a 50/60 nisai deal , and to my surprise he went for it . So i could go old school on these ponds , picking fish out due to the price , and buy weird and wonderful koi , and there was plenty to choose from . I cant remember a time where i caught up so many koi , at one point there was 6 bowls full of nisai from 25-45cm . I said to the agent , i really enjoyed that , it was like  trip from ten years ago . That doesnt mean im looking for bargain koi all week , it was just nice to get stuck in  , and buy plenty of koi , so it really did feel like the old days . The varieties are too many too mention ,so ive added them on the pics for the website . 

Ozumi nisai many many varieties m 25-45cm . 

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        Time was moving on , and we had to get back to see Mauhiro , as he said he was bringing in some new koi to the fish house . I soent at least an hour going though all the ponds , and was really struggling to find some thing i wanted to buy , which really is a first for me . Once again , plenty of koi , but not much that i didnt have already , so we made an appointment at Marudo . He seemed to be in a very good mood , and offered us hand selection of tosai in three different ponds . The first looked very good , and the next was very well priced , and had some great little go sanke , some suitable for entry level for koi shows , and well within most budgets . We soon had the pond netted , and many  koi were selected , from 16cm -30cm approx , it was a great little box of koi , we asked about the packing and Marudo replied , then his daughter told him off , and said impossible , and stated a lower figure . Just goes to show how much respect she receives at the farm , and we thought it was hilarious the father getting told off . So we decided on 30 , well actually she did , and i wasnt going to argue with her ! We wet on to the next pond , much higher quality , and then Marudo asked if we could come back first thing , as he had a large shipment going out , and needed all the staff , it was getting dark , so we decided thats was a good call, so first thing we are back there to finish tosai selection . All in all , a good day , not so many higher quality koi purchased today , but some serious value money for koi , and to be honest i really enjoyed it ! Tomorrow hoping for news from the south of Japan , tosai selecting at Marudo , and much much more ........................

Marudo tosai selections 16-30cm approx . 

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