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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Now ive had a good old moan we can get back to the good stuff . First appointment today was at Katayoka or Oya koi farm as some know it . Very impressed here , some good quality nisai koi available at a very good price . My new dutch friend freeso purchased some lovely oak chagoi , and i bowled up a super quality kujaku , best i had seen all week , but rejected it when it turned out male and the customer had asked pacifically for a female , shame really as it was stunning , if i have any money left i may still buy it yet later in the week . The next door pond has some seriously high quality sanke , i selected two that i knew had great potential , thankfully i asked the price first before bowling them , they were both in the millions of yen so with a quick swerve it was on to the subject of hand picking tosai . Freeso made a deal for some very extremely nice Oya Sanke , thinking that i might have a box myself i was sadly told , sorry Gary san , one box only ! After not speaking to Freeso for at least two or three minutes we headed off to Shinoda . Over the last year we have had some fantastic koi ffrom this breeder , but unfortuantely the quality was a little bit down due to the popularity of his doitsu and gin rin . From here we went to Tanaka Yoshinori who had some fantastic nisai , but we really needed some tosai and he has allowed us to come back later in the week to hand select some of his lovely metalics and doitsu tosai , so again i feel we are moving forward as we also have an appointment to hand select tosai tomorrow . Driving to lunch we saw Kawakami San of Torazo koi farm outside his nisai house , feeling an urge to buy a koi before lunch we headed in to see what was available . As usual the quality was amazing , but desperately needing tosai we popped next door to see what he had there . I was talking to the breeder about better quality tosai and from no where a deal was struck on higher grade tosai , . The picture below is some of the koi we have purchased . Torazo then bowled up six koi , they were all tosai around 18 cm -23 cm , the price was outragious , and certainly more than i have paid for some nisai , but i had to take the plunge and purchased the little sanke . Feeling very pleased with myself for blowing a whole box of budget on one little tosai i stepped back a pace , im not sure what alerted me to what was happening first , the sharp noise of cracking wood , or the seering pain that in my back side as one leg went through the filter covers all the way in untill it could go no further . i managed not to drop the camera and saw that no one laughed , that is except The breeder who thought it was hilarious and then we all joined in .After checking no bones were broken it was off or coffee and a well earnt sandwhich .After lunch it was off to Tanaka Maruju , i was a little reserved as he is not known for his nicely priced koi , in fact i havnt selected anything in there for 5 years . This time i bought a very well patterned sansai showa , i had a few reservations about some of the beni , and Tanaka said it could do with another year in the mud pond , the thought of leaving another koi in Japan was just too much to bare , so the keeping fee was paid and the koi duly bought , very pleased with this one , and even more pleased when he gave a certificate with the koi . There was some very nice priced koi there and i have to say i feel bad about avoiding the place , he will certainly be seeing me in october ! At this point the agent pointed out that i hadnt had an accident for at least 40 minutes , so why not call it a day , for once i was happy of the thought of an early bath ......................

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