Today we started off at oofuchi looking for more unusual varietys, never disapointed we bought two sansai doitsu hariwakes and a sansai tancho sanke. Last year I noticed that he was producing some nicer go sanke, so we bought some and have to say were very pleased with them, at the time they had that matsunoske look to them, this year he even better quality so I purchesed another 3 and a doitsu platinum ogon again all sansai and female. Curosity got the bettter of me and I had to ask, he laughed and said you know already, seems that even ooffuchi can undertsand a little English! With an added bonus of the female over 90 he said there is no reason that the off spring cant do the same, happy days!!!! It was then off to look at 2 fish we had left last year and here the story gets complicated and I will go into more detail later. Another curry and rice for lunch and then off to sakai to look at what we couldnt afford, amazing harvets with a great gin rin kohaku that id love to own, but way out of my leauge. Then back to yagenji, why? why not! These guys bare probably the nicest people in niigata and always pleased to see you, so always buying koi from them it was time to buy a koi for azukari (leave in the mud ponds) when I mentioned it to the brothers we started talking about koi from the main pond, our agent loved a shiro that was bowled, when in the bowl the skin was excellant and a great body shape, a price was negotiated which I thought was fair, and then renogatiated due to the fact that it was her birthday and she said the new price, it was rude to say no, one condition, the koi has to be called "niki " , I can live with that, after a quick bet on the size (which yagenji won) the koi was measured at 58cm and will go through 65 next year and then on to 80 in the future. After having a quick look at yamazaki which hardley had any stocks, but worth visiting as he had an amzing sansai showa which was absolutely stunning. Also a visit to oya koi farm left us wondering what we had missed as he was low on koi but had a lovley showa which was too small to pack on its own. Taime to call it a day and head back to the hotel.