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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       The main topic of conversation , among dealers in the hotel , is that most are struggling to find koi . Different dealers are looking for differant things , some are trying to buy whole ponds to get a good price , some  are just after selecting cheap koi , some are selecting very high quality . But all are saying the same thing ,they are  buying koi , but finding things hard going . We have done well i think , with a cross section of koi , of all varietys , sizes and quality .The one reason i think is , i have long given up making plans when coming to Niigata .

People say to me , what are you looking for this trip , i reply "koi " . Come on Gary dont be sarcastic  , IM NOT , i really dont have a clue until i am at the breeders . Yesterday , we hoped to get some nisai goshiki at Kawakami , ended up buying just black and white koi . Thats about the story all week , first time ive ever been to Kase and not bought a single koi . I always try to buy my customer orders , but people still struggle to understand , that these koi are not just sitting here waiting for me to arrive , its all about timing . For instance , i have more orders for nisai tancho kujaku , than were produced in Niigata this year , i need 50 tosai tanchos , 20 tancho showas . and dont get me started about goshiki !!! It seems to me , that to find koi , we need to be stocking up during the winter , but saying that im way happy with the koi we have purchased this trip, havnt gone for a lot of better grade  go sanke , as we bought many in the winter . To give you an idea , Yagenji sold out of nisai and older koi , kase very low , Aoki no nisai , Kawakami only one pond of nisai for selection left , Sekiguchi we are told has no more toasi for selection , untill he has gone through his jumbo tosai , even some of the regular tosai are running out from breeders . So for the first time ever , i was not so worried that my trip is coming to an end . Once again we headed out in the vicous snow , this time going uo to mushigame to Sakai Yamamatsu . 

        We havnt bought much from this farm for a while , he is normally very busy , or we have not had time when he is free . So it was good to catch up and have a natter, and that we did , for about an hour and a half .Some people might find this frustrating , but it is the basis of good relations , and apart from that all three generations of Sakai are all great company , and we always have a laugh . All the time we were chatting , snow was falling off the roofs , making such a thud against the window , i thought at one point it was coming through ! Toshiuke thought it was hilarious as i jumped half way across the room , and refused point blank to sit back down . 

Day light , going ................

 

 

Gone !

So after a while i said , right , lets look at some nisai , he replied no , 10am  its break time ! I said what ? Weve been drinking tea for an hour lol , he said it doesnt matter 10 is tea break . So i took my third cup standing up away from the window , much to every ones amusement ! Unofficial tea break over , and now Official tea beak over , it was koi time . We entered the main koi house , i pointed at the smaller ponds , he said no , all sold out , and thats me screwed i thought , and then he pointed to the main nisai pond , and i said expensive , he shook his head and headed to the pond , he spoke to his son , and all i heard was my name mentioned , he waved and went off to dig his house out of the snow with a 5 tonne digger . One thing i have learnt over the years , is not to argue or disagree with a breeder untill you hear or see what they want to show you . The son pointed , so i started asking prices , one sansai looked awesome , so it was bowled and then returned due to secondary issues . Before long we had three female sansai and one female nisai , and one male nisai . The male was stunning , and certainly show quality , but as i checked it over , i found a little damage on the side , so it was returned . Prices were give , and they wernt as scary as i had thought , so i did my bundle act and said all of them in Japanese , a few grunts , deep breaths , and may be even a sigh , and he held his hand out for a gentle mans agreement . They had been just treated for parasites , so please excuse if they are a little stressed . 

 

Female nisai sanke , 57cm . 

 

 

 

Sanke 65cm , white mark is just carp pox . Sansai

 

 

Kohaku 65cm , female and sansai . Spot that looks like a blemish on the beni , is a shadow of something in the water .

 

Sanke 63cm , sansai and female .

 

After the pics and videos were taken , we moved onto the tosai houses , and was looking at some very interesting options . One that could end up in a special offer for some of our customers , we are returning tomorrow , to try and work out the details . More to follow ( hopefully ! ) After a few frolics in the snow , we headed off to Maruhiro koi farm . And another round of coffees , is it any wonder i cant sleep sometimes lol ???  We wondered out and looked at the koi . He had restocked from his other facility , and we found some nice nisai , a 45-50cm female showa , some shusui and asagi around 35cm , a very nice quality maruten sanke , and a stunning little size 2 sanke ( yep , size 2 ! ) Once again it was pic and videos , and then off for a late lunch . Liver and fried rice was agaian on the menu , and superb as always . We tried to get to Oofuchi , but he wasnt answering , so either serving or clearing snow , so we will try again tomorrow . So as we were round the corner from Marusie , we popped in , not much that really appealed , so another coffee  and we said our good byes . We still had a little time so we drove up to Mushigame and visited Shinoda , he had a few nisai and sansai , but once again not much i wanted to bowl up . How ever he did have an interesting offer on some tosai , which i am thinking over . Whie up in the mountains we thought it rude not to visit Yagenji , and another cup of coffee , im really starting to realize why i cant sleep lol ! As usual Yagenjo had 1000s of tosai , looking great and healthy . We looked over the tosai , they are totally sold out of older koi, so we drunk up and left . Not so many koi today , but last day tomorrow , so we hope to get some more ! 

 

 

 

Pic courtesy of Koi Zanmai

 

 

 

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