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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Over night snow had left its mark on the town of Ojiya , first thing in the foyer of the hotel , I heard many complaining about treacherous road conditions already , Diddnt bode well for me with a pair of wellies that I couldn't get on due to the swelling of my leg , plastic trainers it was then ! We set off towards Hosokai koi farm , and had to drive slow due to the wind blowing snow all over the road . I think sometimes we take it for granted over here , driving round mountains with 50 foot drops , in snow covered roads , oh well , as some one once said , what we do for these stupid koi ! On arrival at the farm , we spent an hour looking round at what was available , once again I was seeing a repeating pattern , lots of nice koi at reasonable prices , but varietys and quality of what we have already . The breeder then got a phone call saying that a car was stuck in the snow , it was some customers on the way to see him and had driven a little close to the side of the road . We decided to leave as it looked like he would be busy with the car for while . We made a call and then it  was off to Marudo koi farm . When we arrived we were shown some very nice tosai , and was offered a chance to hand select , the kohaku looked extremely nice , so set about netting the pond and selecting some 20-27cm tosai . After selecting 25 , I looked at what I had chosen through , and then decided to take another 25 as the quality was so high . Another pond was netted , and we started selecting sanke , again around 20-25cm . After selecting for a few minutes , I had to admit I was struggling , and I suggested we stop ,I could see that the breeder wasn't happy , so decided to take a box for politeness sake . Once selected , the fish were placed in clean water , and I realised the fish were way better than I first imagined , and was very glad I had carried on . After all the pics and videos were done , I was asked if I wanted some higher class tosai , this happened before , found a pond and got selecting only to find that that there was higher quality available ! This time I wasn't worried as the 75 tosai we had selected were great quality , so I considered this other pond to be a bonus . Once shown the pond , I was told the price was way more than the others , so a hard debate began about the price . Earlier on we had been offered some nice Yamabuki at a sensible  price , 65-70cm and yonsai . Being the great negotiator , I explained that we had selected three boxes already , could we buy two ogons and get a better price on the HQ tosai , until then we had been dealing with the daughter as the father had slipped down some stairs and had to go to hospital , he had just returned in mid negotiations , and as a master of price debates , he came back and said ok Gary san , you can have your price on the tosai , but ONLY if you have 4 Yamabuki ogons , I had to laugh as I had been out manuvered by the boss ! So 4 ogons later , we set about selecting through this new pond , I was shocked , the quality was way beyond what I had expected , and very quickly I had 25 very tasty tosai kohaku and a few sanke . Feeling very happy , we went and grabbed a sandwich , and went to Kaneco koi farm . sometimes its nice to select tosai here , his shiro utsuri are very nice as are many other varieties , this year the tosai were a little smaller , so we passed and decided to call it a day and returned to the hotel . Driving home I thought we were having an early day , it was already 5pm ,time flys when your having fun !

First box of hand selected kohaku from Marudo .

 

Second box of hand selected Kohaku

 

Hand selected sanke

 

Very high quality hand selected tosai .

 

 

Very high quality tosai , hand selected .

 

 

Yamabuki ogons 65-70cm , females and yonsai .

 

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