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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First job today was to visit Isa and see how our two Azukari showa had come out of the mud ponds . Good news they were out alive and well , that was a good start ,  , also both female . Both had grown and were around 50-52cm . One was very nice and pleased with that , the other had some secondary hi around the tail which spoilt it , real shame as the skin was lovely and the pattern nice . Here in lies the risk with Azukari  , I NOW have two nisai showa , both now worth much less than I had paid as tosai . Am I worried , no , that's the way it goes , will it stop me doing it again , definitely not ! Would I carry on buying from this breeder , hell yes ! You have to take this on the chin , the good goes hand in hand with the bad , and that's the way it is , if you cant take disappointment , don't leave fish in Japan . Please don't take this as negative , I enjoy leaving koi in Japan , but im aware of the risks , the pitfalls and also the excitement when they go right ! We had a look round and they guys are still busy harvesting so the wasn't a great deal of koi to view .We left here and wanted to go to Yagenji as we had a Kindai showa coming out of the mudponds there as well.

Isai nisai showas , both female and around 50-52cm.

Yagenji wasn't available for a few hours , so we visited Kawakami , always good for unusual koi , and also goshiki and shiro utsuri . Once again he had just started harvesting so there wasn't a lot to see . One pond had sone very nice goshiki , most looked female , but wasn't really what I was looking for . We then visited Torazo and had a look at his nisai , very nice , but again I had already bought some at Marudo . By now it was time to go and see our showa at Yagenji . Ive been pretty honest about the bad side of leaving koi in Japan , now we got to see the good side , I had herd rumours that she was out and alive and looking great . She was bowled and I could see the body had filled out nicely and  she had grown to 71cm . She was a little lively in the bowl , so I took the pic I could and got her back in the pond as she is now sold ! The customer is very happy and so was Yagenji  and myself ! Purchased as yonsai at 62cm , now go sai and 71cm , very pleased ...................

Yagenji kindai showa

 

When you have a great koi like the kindai showa come out , the rest of the day can seem like an anti climax . So we had a drive round , and it was decided that the only person who could give us high after the azuakri koi coming out , was Hinori at Maruhiro Koi farm . There was a few people at the farm when we arrived , so we we didn't stop for the coffee and rice cakes . Instead I thought lets pick some more nisai as he seem to be the best around and still very good value even with the bad exchange rate . I picked the net up and Hinori shook his head so I placed it down again  , ive learnt not to argue , the people there finished so I picked the net up again , once again he shook his head , I gave him a bit of a puzzled glare , he passed me and said quietly atarshi ikeage ( sorry if its spelt wrong ) it means new harvest . The other party left and a k truck appeared with some massive shusui , bodys like ive never seem on nisai around 40-45cm , lots of other varieties as well , and I was in there first pick . I selected a couple of shusui as some people have asked for them , but also of interest was his new doitsu gin rin chagoi , sorogoi and ochiba . Basically doitsu ki where the only few scales have gin rin on them , very quirky , so I selected a few of them and some other varieties as well.

Shusui , doitsu gin rins  doitsu ochibas and showa

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 We were then asked to join him for coffee , lots of discussion started about koi and things in general , Hinori asked if I was looking for anything in particular , I just shrugged and said I know when I see it and laughed , he asked beter quality ??? I said of course , he said can you wait 30 mins , his staff had just harvested ANOTHER pond , anmd were on their way back , I could select through them first , I said I think I can manage that ! The truck soon arrived and once again were selecting some nice koi , amoung them were dotsu hi utsuri , doitsu showa , kujaku , and some nice go sanke and one very nice showa , probably male , but very good for koi shows

Showa from Maruhiro

 

Maruhiro Kohaku      

Maruhiro sanke

Few other nisai from Maruhiro

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After we had finished the pictures and videos , I noticed all the staff all still hanging around the truck , having  a rather nosey mature I peered into what was meant to be an empty zippy container , it wasn't empty , tategoi he said , going back to the other facility ready for next year . A little discussion took place , and two were placed in a bowl , the skin on was once out of this world , but everyone else liked the other , a further discussion took place and it looked like I had two more sanke to leave in Japan next summer, it was the right thing to do , if I knew what I now know about what was going to happen tomorrow ,  I wouldn't have hesitated even less , but that story will have to wait for the next days blog lol ! 

53 cm Tatgegoi sanke staying in Japan next summer

 

 

Another 53cm snake , once again tategoi and staying in Japan for one year 

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