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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Its 9pm , and im in my room at the hotel in Narita airpot fully fed and ready for sleep in preperation for the flight home Sunday lunch time . This visit has been the hardest for me yet in my adventures in Niigata , with the snow at some of the breedes premises being nearly 4m deep and even the roads being blocked and in some places , it has been extremely hard work and very frustrating .At one point mid week i have to admit questioning my sanity after so many fallls into deep slow and several nasty slips resulting in bumps and bruises ( plus two uncomfatably close visits to breeders filter systems ) , but as usual things worked out fine . Highlights of the week ? favourite breeders? well as alot of you know i really have been trying to cut the number of breeders i use so i can get to know them , and an understanding of thier fish better , which is fine untill they have sold out completely , ie Sakai nisai and over , Isa everything !including tosai , Oofuchi only has tosai and nisai , Hoshikins nisai and over all sold out . This time remaking old aquantances saved the day , Yamisazaki had many great fish ,and at Hiroi we bought many jumbo nisai . As for the high lights , id have to list them all , buying good tosai ( and a yonsai from marudo ) and talking to Marudo and Torazo . Hand picking tosai all over the place including Kaneco , Oomo , Tanaka to name but a few . As always the mad hatters tea party and Tanaka Satoshi , leaving a sansai showa to go to the mudponds with Tanaka (mushigame ). Buying at Miya for the first time including a showa that had record amounts of people trying to buy it , including some very well known people ( i did try to email the person who rang the shop and left his email with Chloe , but it kept bouncing back to me , sorry ! ) Remaking old aquantances with Yamazaki and Hiroi , so to summerise , basicall the whole trip ! We seem to be getting better know with most of the breeders ( hopefully not for smashing up thier fish houses ) and i think that shows in the level of koi we are now buying /try to buy , so upwards and forwards for Gatwick Koi . I hope youve enjoyed reading the blog , as i have enjoyed living it ! I always try to write the blog as i see it , trips are not always a bed of roses as this one certainly shows , i know from the responces i get that most people like it so thats the way it will stay ! If you want to join me on my mext trip in april/may where we are looking for very high grade tosai and jumbo tosai then feel free to contact me , we will also be arrangng our dates for the 2011 Autumn harvest if you are a group or couple or solo , looking to go then once again please contact us .If you cant make Japan then why not visit the shop , this year is our 20th anniversary and you wont believe how things are changing every year , untill then , all the best ..........................Gary

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