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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Harvest time at mad monkeys ! Mark chetter had purchased a showa last spring on our visit to the All Japan Show , Maruhiro had recomended it as an Azukari koi , ie to be left in the mudponds .We also had half a dozen or so in the same pond , so it was decieded that we would watch it be harvested . As the net went round , the old gang ( staff ) worked hard in the pouring rain while we waited to see the first koi , as they started catching them up two jumped straight over the net , off they went again as we had a nice lunch of curried rice and drinks provided by Hnoris wife. As the koi came up in plastic bags it was obvious he was pleased with the results , and asked meto join him at the truck , his arms went in the tank and pulled up a showa , Gary San showa , i wish i replied , he laughed and sad it is, i felt it was a sales moment , and i was already a showa down , bad timing i tought ! We all got back in the cars and travelled back to the farm . One by one all the koi were brought in and videoed , masured and photgraphed , I got my pics out ready for a show down with the breeder , Mark Gardner laughed and said no way is that your showa , i know its not i replied biting my lip . The showa in quesion wet into the bowl , i shook my head and he nodded , i then took a long hard look , this was the showa ! She has changed dramtically , im not talking about sumi just coming through , im talking about a major transformation , you see the pics and judge for your self !! came Marks showa , he was over the moon , she had done unbelievably well , which was a major relief for me , last year i had concens about the body shape , it was huge, i neednt have worried , th body shape had come good and the showa looked great , round two to Maruhiro ! Two gin rin showas and a sanke , all looked great and grown . Then my kinda showa was bowled , i was shocked , never seen such a imporvement in a koi , th skin was way better than it was , the body gleamed , i was asked wha i wanted t do with it , i said i dont know what the hell to do , Hinori replied , take it home and chage your customers a miion yen!!! ! That good ?? He nooded and saidoh yes . If im honest th next hour on the farm was blur as i was so happy , but we hadt move on , now it as time to go to Koda . Small nisai of many varietys were selcted , incuding ochiba, showa , gin rin showa , kindai showa , gin rin kindai showa , doitsu shiro goromo and many others ! After doing all th pics it was back to the hotel with a smile th would take some wiping off my face! First 7 pics areMaruhiro koi frm th harves , nex one is Mark chettters tancho sanke , next four are just some of the nisai we purchased from Koda .