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Winter hours.
Please remember that from now on, we close at 4pm, as per our winter hours. Although we are no...
Dry goods on the website .
Please note, that we try and keep our prices of dry goods up to date, but plastics are going u...
Re opening
Hi all , very sorry , but the shop must now stay closed , until Monday night . Freddie had a p...
Shop closure
Morning everyone , I’m very sorry to inform you all , but our son Freddie has tested positiv...
Opening times
We will now be closing on 2.30 on Tuesday and Saturday.This is a permement move , to help us h...
KHV
Its our very sad duty ,to inform you that we have found KHV in a shipment from Japan , in one ...
Quarantine
Good morning everybody . Id just like to explain a little about our quarantine , i know alot o...
Bank Holiday Friday
Good morning everyone , stunning day in Sussex , as usual were busy still buying koi from Japa...
Hours
Please note , we have now changed our hours to 11-3pm weeks days , and 10-2pm Saturdays.This i...
Sale this weekend !
Morning all , with all the moving of koi we have to do , for the shipments next week , we have...
Quarantine finish dates .
Good morning everybody , as most of you know , our quarantine is running a little late , with ...
Saturday 26th Omosako
We wanted to go to Omosako first thing today , but he was out harvesting until lunch time .Thi...
Friday the 27th Takigawa .
              Today we started off at Momotaro koi farm . Our aim was to do exactly the...
Thursday 24th Matsue
        The night before i was walking with our agent , and he told me i was driving with ...
Sunday 20th Maruhiro
Today is the of the Nagaoka koi show  so we based the day around it ,...
PLEASE NOTE 29TH JUNE
Please note , that we will NOT be open on the 29th June . Back open on the Monday as usual . ...
Probites recovery
                               Finally back in the uk , Probites recovery. Ava...
Saturday
After yesterdays almost heat exhaustion , I was horrified to find temperature was 24 degrees a...
Now in Japan
I arrived yesterday in Japan , and we have already been to the breeders looking for koi , have...
Arrrived in the mountains
                  I never sleep on the plane much , today was no exception . Large am...
And were off ............
              Good morning to you all . I am now airside waiting to board my plane . Iv...
All systems go !
Cefas have visited a month ago  , and  all the koi in the forge put to sleep . They then rev...
SHOP CLOSURE
Good afternoon everyone , tomorrow the shop will closed all day, ( Wednesday 9th January  ) ,...
Latest news .
Hi all , its with a heavy heart to inform you , that it looks like we have found KHV in import...
Maruhiro harvest
Last friday , we went to the farm , very late , to see our koi come in from the mud pond . 22 ...
Isawa calling .
      Today we packed our bags , and checked out of the hotel , and walked to the train sta...
Friday - The longest day
Today we were starting off at one of my favourite farms , Oofuchi ! Athough its a bit of a tri...
Saturday 13th October
                      As usual a 20 hour trip , of planes , trains and automobiles ...
Next trip to Japan
Two weeks today , i will return to the mountains , of the Niigata region in Japan . Ill be the...
SALE SALE SALE
 From the 1st September ( tomorrow ) we will be offering 25 percent off the price of all our ...
Bank Holiday Opening times
Please note , although we are open on the Saturday , we will be closed Bank Holiday Sunday and...
Easter bank holiday hours
Easter bank holiday hours , Friday open 08.30 - 3pm or later if we are busy , Saturday 09.30 -...
Monday : Back to my roots
Once again , i had pretty much a fair nights sleep . 4-6 hours is not too bad at all , as thos...
On my way
Its 7am , and im at the airport nice and early . In the next 24 hours i have to make an import...
Dry goods
As most of you know , last year we launched this new website . I have resisted adding an onlin...
Christmas opening hours .
Morning all , last day for us before Christmas . We are open till three today , and then we cl...
Sunday North v South
Its now Sunday , and i have had a full day to catch up on all alot of the work i had to do , s...
Friday Taniguchi
This was to be my last buying day in the south , so a great place to visit was Taniguchi , i h...
Monday On to Hiroshima
      So today finds me leaving Tokyo , to go to the south on the bullet train . I decided ...
Sunday last day in Niigata
Today is my last day in Niigata , and we move operations to the south of Japan ,to see if this...
Arrival Tuesday AM
                       Travelling to Japan , can be at best  a little testing ! T...
Matsue Kohaku
Seems i have looked the fact , that i have a special offers page , that hasnt been used in a y...
WEBSITE
As i prepare to leave for Japan on Monday , i have taken all the koi off the website , the koi...
SALE ON KOI
SALE . As we now move to the end of the season , we still have some koi left to sell before i ...
Scottish show
Congratulations to Robert Robson , who won mature champion at the Scottish show this weekend ...
Special offer on Pumps
Thinking of a new pump ? Then look no further than the superfish eco e range . Proven track re...
New koi into the shop .
This week we have bought many new koi into the shop , from our quarantine centers . Just an ex...
Sekiguchi showa
Yesterday , we brought in around 30 jumbo tosai from Sekiguchi , they are all now photographed...
Lots going on !
I know i keep saying i will keep this news page up to date , it does seem that every one tends...
Isa jumbo tosai
Just purchased for us in Japan ! These very nice quality Isa jumbo tosai showa . Sizes 30-40cm...
Sunday 7th May
Hi all , we have customers collecting koi tomorrow , so we will be open from 11am to 1pm ( Sun...
Satoshi Tanaka nisai
  Coming in next week , these very nice nisai from Satoshi Tanaka . His kujaku are always ver...
Bank holiday opening hours
We are open over the weekend , Bank holiday Friday 9.30 -3pm , Saturday 9.30-3pm and Monday 9....
New Azuakri
Just purchased in Japan for us , this superb sandan kohaku from Tamaura koi farm . 58cm and ni...
Sunday 9th April
Tomorrow ( Sunday ) we will be open for a club visit . Sue and myself should be here around 10...
Jumbo tosai time
    Arriving in April , jumbo tosai from Torazo . Around 35cm and nice quality !    ...
Breeders secret clay
Now back in stock , 1.9kg £16.95      5kg    £39.95   Dealerships to be announced ...
South of Japan
  As a few of you know , we have purchased some nisai from the south of Japan . We havnt swit...
Breeders secret
Breeders secret , one of the best clays on the market , also one of the finest and doesnt send...
Feb offer
FOUR DAYS OF FEB , as our special monthy offer for February , we are going to make a special o...
25th Anniversary
Hi all, been asked what specials we are doing for February, for our 25th anniversary. To be ho...
Last Autumn fish repriced
As most of you know , its the 25th anniversary of Gatwick Koi this year . As a thank you to al...
Saturday and last day
Today I was leaving for Tokyo , for an over night stay and an early flight back to the UK , so...
Thursday
First appointment today , was at Shinoda koi farm . Famous for his doitsu , gin rin and hi uts...
Wednesday
A lot of people have been asking for showa of all levels , and to be honest , havnt really see...
Tuesday
Over night snow had left its mark on the town of Ojiya , first thing in the foyer of the hotel...
Monday
First visit today , was to Maruhiro koi farm . Spent a good time looking through the nisai pon...
New purchases
Already been busy in Japan , 8 sansai today , and saw the Yagenji sansai and yonsai we were of...
Up to the mountains
Today was going to be hard to see breeders  as a lot , if not most would still be breaking do...
Japan
I am now in Japan , if there is anything you are looking for , please email me info@gatwickkoi...
Arrival in Japan
For the first time that I can remember , I could be possibly be accused of not having built a ...
New koi into the shop
We have just added more sansai and yonsai to the website . These are between 51and 61cm , and ...
New koi purchases
Today we have managed to buy some new koi in Japan . The first one is a 69cm sanke , yonsai an...
Christmas opening hours
From Sue , Tom and myself , id like to wish you all a very happy Christmas , and a prosperous ...
End of quarantine
The  last pond will be up to 24 degrees tomorrow , so ALL koi will be out of quarantine by Fr...
New sansai on the website
Today we have added some new sansai to the website . These are nisai we have had left over fro...
Dainichi auction success
Today we have obtained 6 nisai from the Dainichi auction , four females and two females . All ...
Shiro utsuris
Also now on the website , shiro urtsuri from Kaneco , measeured this week 38-46cm , all £195 ...
New koi
There are still more new koi being brought into the shop , and still many more that need to ha...
New koi in the shop
Today we have moved some new koi in from the quarantine centre . Go sanke , chagoi and one miz...
Autumn shipment
This Thursday ( 17th November ) , our fish from our Autumn harvest trip arrive in the UK . Mos...
Oase drum machines
If your looking at a new filter with low maintanace , then look no further at the Oase drum ma...
Back from Japan
Hi , for those who follow the blog , you will see we have had another very successful trip in ...
Last day and back to Tokyo
Last day today , so had to clear out the hotel room , pack my bags and check out of the hotel ...
Shintaro and Hosokai
Its getting towards the end of the week now , ive bought quite a lot of koi , and thought id c...
Ichi ban Ikeage
Ichi ban Ikeage  , ok loosely translated as number one harvest , that's because how it felt t...
Sunday
First job today was to visit Isa and see how our two Azukari showa had come out of the mud pon...
Saturday
Today I woke up with a little bit of half glass empty syndrome again Going through in my mind...
Arrived !
Hi all , ive finally arrived in Niigata , managed to get up to some of the breeders today , so...
Next Japan Trip....
Hi everybody , welcome to our new look website and blog . I am hoping that if all goes well yo...
More Pics
Sorry , i forgot to add the photos of the koi from Suzuki , very impressed with these , sorry ...
Friday
Woke up today to a sound I recognised straight away , the gentle tapping of snow on the window...
Thursday
With so much work to do , and as we finished very late last night , we started a an hour later...
Wednesday
After crashing out twice for a grand total of 7 hours , I really did feel like taking on the w...
Tuesday
After a restless nights sleep , about three hours in all , I awoke with a massive headache , a...
Monday
After a good nights sleep ,( when i say a good night i mean four hours straight through is goo...
Sunday
Ill forgo the usual explanation of travel across Japan , and what seems compulsary pics of pla...
The day has come...
Well the day has finally come , and im sitting in terminal 5 drinking coffee ( surprise surpri...
Time to go, almost...
Today was supposed to be pack away and get to Tokyo and have a day doing the tourist thing , b...
Sunday
Awoke today to a massive hangover , and a new found respect for saki . It’s a nice drink and...
Saturday
Finding it hard to get to breeders this week due to the international junior koi show , for so...
Friday
Today we started off at Hirasawa looking for some sanke , the ones we bought on our February t...
Thursday
Sometimes this trip in April/May can be very frustrating , sometimes its hard to still find qu...
Wednesday
First appointment this morning , was at one of my favourite go sanke breeders Kazuto. Always k...
Expect the unexpected
When you have been dealing with different breeders on and off over 30 trips to Japan , you lea...
Arrived
Im finally in the hotel after a 21 hour journey . Things were not looking to good for me getti...
Thoughts...
Back at home now , and thinking back over the week , and what a week it has been  ! I think t...
Last Day!
Last day today , and definately a mixture of ups and downs .Trying to hand select tosai , runn...
Wednesday
Hi all , its been a hell of a week , only really came out to hand select some tosai and top up...
Tuesday
I managed to get some sleep last night , but probably no where enough .Jet lag has well truly ...
Monday!
The spring trip can be a little more frustrating than the Autumn one , in the sence you can st...
Sunday : One farm ??????
Today we started ( as seems the normal now ) at Maruhiro koi farm .After we finished there las...
Friday - Last Day!
The day you have to go to Narita airport is always the worst .You still want to try and get as...
Thursday PM
After an early lunch brought forward by the fact that the breeders are so busy , we still coul...
Wednesday PM
After lunch we started our journey back to Ojiya , popped into Kobyashi to have a look at some...
Wednesday AM
Alot of people have been asking me for some showa , so today ill try and not to disapoint , so...
Tuesday PM Maruhiro
Harvest time at mad monkeys ! Mark chetter had purchased a showa last spring on our visit to t...
Tuesday AM Kanno
I've had many enquireys for Kanno koi since we went there the other day , so this morning we w...
Monday
Back in the hotel room , looking at the virtual mountain of work i have ahead of me , second n...
Sunday
I'd like to start of by apologising for my even more terrible spelling on the blog , looks lik...
Saturday
With an entertaining night in Ojiya behind me , half a nights kip ad cold meatballs and salmon...
Friday
Woke up at half nine , hoping to have beaten the jet lag in one night , and as i write this it...
Back Home
A good nights sleep and up at 4.30 but cant complain with 7 hours sleep ill settle for that . ...
Saturday - Last Day!
The last buying day of the week is always a strange one , money and space is running out , alo...
Showa Time!
Today we started off by heading over to see the guys at Sekiguchi koi farm . Stunning quality ...
Thursday - Back on track !
Although we managed to buy some nice koi yestreday , i felt today i was playing catch up as so...
Wednesday
Today had all the hall marks of a great day , appointments made and fish available and off fir...
In Japan ! April Monday
Arrived on a differant route today courtesy oF BA and Hanneda airport instead of Narita , ive ...
Friday....last day
As today being our last one in Niigata , I wasn’t expecting to see or buy a great deal .Due ...
Thursday
With the snow getting heavier and no let up in sight  , i knew today was going to be a long s...
Wednesday PM
After the most unpopuler lunch ever , we went round the corner to talk about tosai with our ol...
Wednesday AM
Feeling a bit out of sort sat the start of the today as i actually had to be awoken by the ala...
Tuesday
Today diddnt start off to well , an early appointment booked with Marudo koi farm , will have ...
Monday
Today we were joined by Mark Gardner whome im sure most of you will either  know or heard of ...
Sunday
After having may be a few drinks too many the night before , i awoke this morning in a panic ,...
Saturday - Day One!
Myself and Mark Chetter arrived safely at Narita Saturday morning . We then spent an amazing f...
Tuesday : Trip summed up !
This trip was once yet again a very sucessfull one for Gatwick koi . I think we raised the sta...
Monday - The jouney home
Today was just about doing some work in the hotel room untill our 3pm train to Tokyo .After br...
Nogyosai show
Sunday morning was a good chance to catch up on alot of the internet work that needed doing . ...
Perfect end to a mad week!
Today is the last day with our agent , so with the Nogyosai show tomorrow and traveling back t...
Harvest Time
Todays adventures started with a trip over the top of Mushigame to harvest a mudpond of Maruhi...
Ups and downs
Since yesterday afternoon when we made the appointment with Sekiguchi , ive not been able to g...
Sunday
Last night i just seemed not to be able to sleep and the raging stomache bug ive had since i l...
Monday
By now , most of you will know that we have started a sister comoany to Gatwick koi called Nis...
Exhausted !
Today was a great day , but unfortuantely ive not been able to sleep again since i arrived , i...
Showa Time!
Awoke today to a slighlty cooler 16 degrees , but that wasnt going to bother us any , as today...
Friday PM
With the snow really falling down , i was starting to worry about how we are going to get roun...
Thursday PM
A customer has asked us for a 80-90cm chagoi , So first port of call had to be Marudo , he has...
Thursday AM
Due to the late harvest last year , we still havnt seen all the koi we have left in Japan last...
Wednesday PM
A  quick spot of lunch and we thought of popping back to a breeder to look at a 60-65cm hi ut...
Wednesday AM - Perfect day
As i got up this morning it started snowing , not too bad as theres only about a meter at the ...
Tuesday part three
Having virtually a free afternoon , we headed down to Marusei , this farm is absolutley massiv...
Tuesday- part two
Videos links for the koi bought this morning After leaving Yangeji we seemed to struggle to ti...
Monday part two
After a two hour sleep and a walk down the 7-11 for beef curry and rice i feel abit more human...
Sunday Part Two
No start of the week would be complete with out a visit to Maruhiro koi farm , by know most of...
Sunday Part One
When i arrived yesterday i was quiet happy to see about a metre of snow laying around the outs...
All Japan Show
After not the best flight in the world , i battled my way through the madness of Tokyo on a sa...
Maruhiro mud pond
Im not really into watching harvests , seen one net dragged through the water ive seen loads ....
Tuesday - PM
After leaving the hospital painless ( due to lack of pain from sundays experiance , and the mu...
Tuesday - AM
Hi all , thanks for all the messages and sorry for the dealy in getting back to you last night...
Monday - First full day
It doesnt matter how many times you go to Japan to buy koi , everything changes from one visit...
We've arrived
Arrived nice and early into Narita airport , racing  through customs and baggage hall in what...
Thursday
Getting up today i realised that it was getting to be a nightmare getting round , it had snowe...
Tuesday
Today was always going to be about tosai , either hand selecting or getting the breeder to sel...
Monday
This morning we started out just round the corner from our hotel at Marudo koi farm .After hav...
Friday and Saturday
As usual we left Heathrow on our Virgin flight bound for Narita , after a two hour delay waiti...
Highs and lows!
Well , after 20 hours travelling im home at last , for me this was quite a long trip that seem...
Last day today!
Most of this week the weather has been awful , raining every day , and one day it didnt stop f...
Weds 26th
First thing this morning we headed out to go to Hosakai to buy some massive 65-70cm orenji ogo...
Tues 25th
Our first appointment today was at Kawakami , this made a nice change as we were only round th...
Tuesday am ........early
Just woke up to some emails asking why i haddnt replied from a few days ago , im very sorry if...
Tuesday 18th final part
On the way home we were going to go past Maryhiro , and as the agent had left a camera there i...
Thanks
ust a quick thanks to all the comments and emails i have recieved while out in Japan .This has...
Tuesday 18th part one
An early start today found as on the motorway heading for Sekiguchi , very famous for breeding...
Last day today
First stop today was our old friend Tanaka , this breeder is becoming very famous for gin rin ...
Friday - Afternoon
Feeling that i was a bit short on good quality tosai , i was really pleased when Hoshino the k...
Thursday continued
The afternoon had me expecting to buy a lot of koi as we were off to Oofuchi , but when we got...
Thursday
Today we were off to a breeder just off the main road out of Ojiya called koda . I was looking...
Tuesday - Back on the job!
Now ive had a good old moan we can get back to the good stuff . First appointment today was at...
Tuesday - Danger money !
As most of you know , im partial to a good old moan from time time to time (arnt most of us ) ...
Snow
Just to give an idea of the problems we will be having this week , here are some pictures of O...
Monday Day 3
This now being the third day in Japan , im getting real twitchy to bowl some koi , so i was ge...
Monday Continued
After lunch we visited the tosai house of Marudo , we were invited into his tatgoi house and w...
All Japan Show continued
These next photos show the sort of koi that were over looked in the major awards but would sti...
All Japan Show
Arrived yesterday in Tokyo early afternoon , but by the time we were booked into the hotel eve...
Home , safe and sound
After a 30 min taxi drive , 3 hoiur train journey , 12 hour flight , hour and a half coach jou...
Going home........
As i write this its 4.45 am and im packed and ready to go home . This was another fantastic tr...
19th second half
Torazo had harvested some more nigh grade nisai , so i still needed another one to go with a t...
Lazy Day
As our guide has sundays off , we were pleased when he offered us a chance to go to a sansai h...
Masaki
Right at the top of the mountain we found ourselves at Masaki , very famous for his shiros , a...
Nagashima
Below is the Tategoi showa that im having a little think about .After returning to the hotel w...
Saturday 24th
This morning I awoke and laying in bed contenplating the day a head, and suddenly aware of a f...
Friday 23rd
World exclusive!!! === World exclusive!!! === World exclusive!!! Was it an amazing tategoi? a ...
Thursday 22nd
Today we started off at oofuchi looking for more unusual varietys, never disapointed we bought...
Wednesday 21st
Had a shock this morning when the agent handed me a list of what I had bought, im really runni...
Tuesday 20th
Woke up to a wet and dreary day but I wasnt going to let that get me down. Two customers wante...
Monday 19th
Apologise to those waiting for news or to read the blog, half way through the work I fell asle...
Sun 18th
Today was a busy day in Niigata, with the famous sakai auction and a show going on it was alwa...
Sat 17th
First stop today was Hoshikins, a very serious kohaku breeder indeed. On this ocasion we purch...
Friday 16th
Here we are 22 hours after setting off from home finally arriving at our hotel in Ojiya. Only ...
Last Day
The last day today, so a little down in the mouth it was off to hoshikins to see his beautiful...
Day Sixteen
Scond to last day, and straight off to Kawakami where i thought I could pick up some cheaper n...
Day Fifteen
Today was a day we were catching up on things we needed to do, ie go back and look at good koi...
Day Fourteeen
With four days to go and most of the orders and shop stock found the pressure is a little less...
Day Thirteen
Leaving the hotel and out onto the high way we came to our first stop Nogami. I have to say th...
Day Twelve
Up to now we have had a great week with some great fish bought by all our party and with the n...
Day Eleven
Another day another dollar, or should i say yen, but lets not get on about the exchange rate!!...
Day Ten
New week new customers, Ron from kent, our nearly yearly regulars Rod and Diane and some new g...
Day Nine
Sunday started off with a bit of headache as we had the new group arrive so they all wanted to...
Day Eight
Got up this morning and decided that today was going to be more positive! First stop to the ho...
Day Seven
Stood out the front of the hotel and the glorious sunshine had turned to rain, not to be deter...
Day Six
With the news that the yen is getting worse by the day i think its safe to say we were struggl...
Day Five
After a good run yesterday we had thought our luck had changed. All day running round mushigam...
Day Four
1st appointment today Igarashi Kazuto right up in mushigame. As usual he did not fail to impre...
Day Three
Quick stop for egg sandwiches and we were off to our first stop Maradoh, amazing selection of ...
Day Two
After a late night at the bar with over 10 English and South African koi dealers and watching ...
Day One
Finally arrived at our hotel in Nagaoka ready to go sraight out to the breeders. First stop Fu...
Safe and sound
Arrived at Nagyoka at 2pm after a fairly uneventfull journey , well except me shaking a undera...
Ready to go!
Bags packed , hopefully nothing forgotten ! Tomorrow at 8am i leave for the 24 hour journey to...
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