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 appointment today , was at Shinoda koi farm . Famous for his doitsu , gin rin and hi utsuri . I had  a few orders including a high quality hi utsuri , but when we arrived there was really only one pond left with nisai in . But on the good side they were all female so we managed to select some gin rin showa , and a couple of hi utsuri . Like most breeders , Shinoda is almost out of nisai , and that is what we have found driving around Niigata , a lot of the breeders we don't need to go back to now unless they have some tateshita , this are koi that have been released for sale after the tategoi selections have been made . From Shinoda , we also have a lot of chisai nisai ( small two year olds ) , these will be going on the website today , doitsu and gin rin go sanke .

Shinoda nisai females , 40-45cm .





From Shinoda we went down the mountins looking for aigoromo , so we stopped at Takano , and once again he didn't have much in the way of nisai . From there to Sakazume , who had nisai , but  not much in the way of aigoromo . But one thing that did impress was a few sansei Shiro Utsuri , the sumi and patterns were very good , and the prices fair , so next Autumn ill have to give this farm another look over .

With a lot of orders for the trade and customers , we headed to Marusie . People were there already , and busy netting koi . Lucky for us the agent in there was an old friend , and he said no problem , help yourself , so we did . I son had a bowl of kujaku 30cm -40cm , and another of hi utsuri around 30cm , not high grade , but very pretty koi for the money . I also needed some bigger sanke , so we looked through all the ponds and bowled a few , but nothing that really urged me to purchase . More than happy with the 25 odd nisai I had selected we visited one of the food bars , its one of my favourite lunch stops , and had my ususal fried liver and rice . We don't normally stop for lunch , a raid to the 7/11 does us . But this place is so close to Marusie , and they are very quick to cook the food , so we deserved a nice little break !


30-35cm Kujaku


30cm hi utsuri


We drove back in the direction of Mushigame , and got to the turning and decided to visit Maruhiro again . We explained that we needed single coloured koi , and a 30 nisai deal was struck . mukashi ogons , chagoi , gin rin chagoi , beni goi and gin rin benigoi . All done within an hour or so . Earlier on in the week , we had some fish we were leaving in Japan measured , we think the results got muddles up , so we needed them re measured , but the farm had just started to get busy , so we decided to move on and let Himori earn his leaving , and come back when he is quiet .


Chagoi and gin rin chagoi 35-40cm .


Mukashi ogons 35-40cm


A few months back ,  we did very well in the Dainchi auction , winning 6 nisai . I have not seem them yet , so decided today as we were close , it would be nice to pop in and get some videos if  possible . We arrived and the staff were very helpful , took us straight to the koi and offered to bowl them . All looked fine , and I have to say I was very surprised how good they were . One had a rub over the eye , but it was explained as the colour was still there , colour food and sunlight will return her to her former glory . This koi will now be shipped to the UK in March , and are all for sale except one , which sold almost straight away ! I have to say , this is only my second dealing with the farm , and once again they were 100 percent professional , smart and the facility is out of this worls , and as for the fish ??? Well ,  I looked in one pond , and just couldn't believe the quality that was in there , every one a stunner , there reputation is well deserved . The three young guys that served us , walked us to the car , then  bowed and waved us off , so polite , wish I could afford to go there more often !



Dainichi females

During the week , I purchased some yamabuki ogons from Marudo , after looking at the pics , I decided one of them had a problem , so wanted to go back to check , I also wanted to look at the nisai once again . The nisai were about the same price , and I couldn't see anything I wanted to buy in the pond , so passed . The subject of the ogon was mentioned and the daughter look horrified , took us over to the pond where they where swimming around , and said she checked them and not to worry , take no notice of the pictures lol ! Sue enough they were swimming around good as gold , and looked better than I remembered .

It was getting dark , so we set off towards the hotel , but couldn't resist having a peak at Hirasawa where the father is based , earlier in the week I bought an amazing sanke there , and thought id like some more , but sadly again , none in the pond that took my fancy . So with that , it was time to call it a day.