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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Today was going to be hard to see breeders  as a lot , if not most would still be breaking down the show , or collecting their koi . So we decided to start around mid day , which worked well as I had some work to do on the website . So after a quick stop at the 7-11 we went off to Marusie koi farm . Once we arrived , we had a coffee and chat with the old man , some how we got around to the subject of holidays , I said my last one was my honey moon , he just laughed and said at Marusei , no holidays , we work 365 a days a year ! Not bad for a guy in his mid 70s ! For those who have visited the farm , and seen the extent of the operation , you can see why . We wondered off to have a look at the koi , unless you have been there  , you cant explain the sheer volume that these guys breed , and sooo many varieties . Prices were given and I started looking for sanke , and I struggled a little if im honest , and I didn't want to go into the more expensive ponds so early in the week , that's usually reserved for when I know how much money I have left . So after a while the son joined us , and we explained we would come back later in the week , to look at the higher quality sanke . He smiled and said ok , do you want to see your koi ?? What koi ?? The sansai that were selected for you ? I was intrigued , ive been sent pics from our agents , but don't remember buying any thing . He pulled up a net with 8 sansai , hi utsuri , masuie ogons , and kujaku in . All around 50 cm , he said bigger  , but im playing it safe . After a short conversation , it seems that I was sent a couple of pics of some very well priced koi,so  with my stress head on in the shop , I thought they were samples so said yeah ill take two boxes , it now dawned on me now  , that these wernt sample pics , they were the actual pics , seems like im buying fish by accident now as well lol !  So bearing in mind I had videos and pics , no work was needed  , a nice little touch , and 8  very well priced sansai  in the bag already , when I thought we would struggle today . ( This is one of the advantages of having agents always based out here ! )

Eight sansai from Marusie






After Marusie  we took a drive round the breeders we knew we could look at the koi with out the breeders not being there , Maruhiro was well stocked , the regular ponds were nice , but the better quality ponds were full of very nice koi , so we have an appointment there first thing Monday . We then went to his fathers farm , also Marusei , but we always call this one Hirasawa , right or wrong that's just the way it is , here we found a lot of very nice sanke , of all varieties , and ages , so we called and made an appointment for Monday also . We visited a few more breeders and found one with some unsusual metalics , doitsu hariwake and many others , so again a call made ,  and we are going back tomorrow . Sometimes this can be frustrating , but after nearly 40 visits to Niigata , I know this quick visits can save a lot of time , and help the next day go more efficient ! Getting towards the end of the day , I had bought some sansai from Yagenji from Pics over Xmas  so thought it best to go and see my purchases . I wasn't disappointed , these fish were very nice for the money , they have been indoors for  4 mths and not fed , so the beni will get even better wen out doors in the uk during quarantine . Sanke 70cm , 4 step and two step kohaku , showa .





So for a day , where I didn't think id see many koi , it wasn't so bad , appointments all set for tomorrow , so we should plenty to show you tomorrow .................