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 a hell of a long journey  , from door to breeder around 23 hours or so , to add to that an hour delay on take off , this one seemed longer than ever . So its not surprising that after that , and 6 hours with the breeders , that when I got back from the meal , I just gave into my body and went to bed at 8.10 pm .Im always the one to say stay up late to beat the jet leg , now I don't , just sleep when you can , blog and facebook can wait . So its now 11pm and im raring to go ! So back to the beginning , and where is that you ask , where do you think ? Maruhiro Koi farm ! Theres nothing I can say about this place that you haven't read before , the youngest son of the Hirasawa empire ( and I think that is valid description !!!!!! ) , his fish are great and get better every year , on arrival there where some people there just finishing , so after they left I thought lets get in , lots of very nice koi in here that need bowling .But as ususal Hinori was having none of it , coffee first and chat , its almost religious like!

Coffee seemed longer than ever and I asked if we could go and look and some fish , just a minute he replied , a minute turned into another etc etc , a truck pulled up with his guys fresh from the harvest , now we can go he said , so choosing koi straight off the back off the truck , I love it ! After a little while selecting of selecting though the new nisai , and what I thought were a few good ones that others had missed , I soon had a dozen or so very nice nisai . The beauty of his nisai are that they very from 35cm right through to the high 50 s , so usually a price bracket to fit every pocket . Obviously I have grave concerns about the yen rate , but Maruhiro helped us with the prices and I thought we got treated very fairly as usual , bearing in mind that fish and freight are charged in Japanese yen , both are working out around 30-40 percent dearer , so we have to try where we can . Anyway back to the fish , go sanke  and a hi utsuri . Once again I was pleased with the choices .

                                                                              First a very nice san dan kohaku 40-45cm

                                                                                                     Then another ..................

                                                                                         Hi Utsuri and showa around 40cm

                                                                        A nice maruten sanke and a very unusual goshiki showa


After videos and pics were done , we moved onto the bigger ponds and some even higher quality koi .Again go sanke , and Hinori San tried to do his best to sex the fish , first three he believed to be female , last two he wasn't sure bit though male .

                                                            Three females 40-50cm approx.


                                                          Two nisai that were thought to ne male , but still very nice !


                                 Also found this cheeky little chap , around 20cm , chisai nisai showa , just loved the skin quality  

               Many more koi were bowled , with the idea of finding something to leave out in Japan this summer . Hinori bowled this maruten  sanke , female , nisai and 53cm , ticked all the boxes for me , so was duly purchased .

                               One  more last koi before we left the farm , saw this swimming around , show quality sanke around 40cm , very nice skin , and a good body for a male ! Hinori thinks this will grow well !


      Our next stop was Yagenji , I have bought a lot of koi from these guys before I left on the trip to come here , the reason for doing this is simple , this farm is very popular , and they sell out quick ! Looks like it was the right decision as well , when I arrived there was lots of shiro utsuri , but not many that were up to the standard we like from these guys , lucky I have purchased around a dozen already which ill add on here .  Looking from pond to pond , it was clear that the stocking levels wernt very high , and to be honest I thought id struggle a little , but after a cup of coffee we had a bowl by each pond , and managed to make a nice box of nisai and sansai . First one in the bowl was a very heavy patterned shiro utsuri , sansai , female and around 55cm , then a very nice asagi which the brothers couldn't sex , also sansai around 50-55cm , a nisai shiro , female , around 40-45cm and very nice quality and a gin rin kindai showa unsexed .


                                     Sansai shiro utsuri , red marks are not secondary , just runs from netting as she was only harvested today .


                                                                  Very high quality nisai shiro utsuri

                                                                                       Sansai asagi


                                                                          Nisai gin rin kindai showa


                                                                          15 more nisai shiro utsuri



                                                              Nisai benigoi , gin rin shiros and showa


                                                                         Nisai kohaku , kikisui and showa


                                                Nisai sanke and showa , as above all from Yagenji and 40-45cm !

                                Well as you can see , pretty busy day . all these koi have been purchased and will come back to the uk in the next few weeks . First thing tomorrow we are off looking for some different and more unusual varieties , so see you all then ...............