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KWG Japan Harvest 2020 – Day 12

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Helen

This morning we had a pre-arranged visit to Hirashin to select some Nisai that we spotted earlier on on the trip. We were allowed to net the full pond and selected some stunning Yamabuki Ogon, Orenji kin Matsuba, Kin Matsuba and Hi Utsuri. We purchased some excellent examples here and Hirashin koi have a good track record of developing very well in the UK.

We then moved on to various farms to check their stocks prior to visiting Kanezo.

Here we managed to purchase some stunning Showa and Tancho Showa. Kanezo San’s bio security was noticeably good and were made to use the alcohol based hand spray and foot dips on many occasions. This is always good to see when a breeder takes the utmost caution with bio security as do we.

The showa that we selected were from Dainichi and Sekiguchi bloodlines, and all examples possess some obvious traits from these lines.

 

We have included the Tosai purchased at Saito fish farm earlier in the week to today’s email. The Gin Rin Karashigoi come from a massive body female 85CM oyagoi and are great fish to grow on, as are the Kohaku from Sakai bloodline.

Thank you for your orders and for the deposits paid. Please check your invoice carefully to ensure everything is correct.

We still have two days in the mountains so this is your last chance to contact us by WhatsApp 07976 832773 to place any orders you require

Enjoy the photos

 

Andrew & Ben

Email koiwatergarden@gmail.com

Office 0208 337 3337

Mobile 07976 832773


KWG Japan Harvest 2020 Day 11

Posted on December 15, 2020 by Helen

We woke to a massive snowfall this morning of around 0.4 m!

It is normal for the snow to commence at this time of year and Ojiya is now snow white until April! The snow ploughs will work 24 hours a day so that the roads are not blocked, even in areas the snow reaches in excess of 4meters in depth.

Due to how well the Japanese deal with the snow It does not affect our purchasing of Koi.

We had an early appointment at Yamanaka Oya  to select the new variety – AYAWAKABA from another pond as we have had many requests from customers.

We took the opportunity to also select some jumbo body Midori going and Kumonryu whilst we were in his nisai ponds.

 

Once we had finished at Yamanaka we then moved on to Sejiro, and purchased  some striking Beni Kumonryu and Kohaku.

We then travelled a short distance to Yamaguchi. Although a very small farm, this young breeder is producing some stunning Go Sanke using Nogami, Sakai & Dianichi bloodlines.

As the light was fading we returned to our hotel in heavy snowfall to dry out and warm up.

Helen has now sent out all invoices and we appreciate your prompt payment.

Please check invoices are correct and let us know if there are any mistakes by return.

 

Please do not hesitate  to contact us on WhatsApp 07976 832 773 if you have any orders that you would like us to purchase for you whilst in Japan as we still have a few days left and will be visiting a further 15 or so farms.

Enjoy today’s selection of unusual fish

Andrew and Ben

Email koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Office: 0208 337 3337
Mobile: 07976832773


KWG Japan Koi Harvest 2020 – Day 10

Posted on December 14, 2020 by Helen

 

We woke up to snow for the first time in Ojiya this winter. When  it snows here – it snows! They expect 50 cm of snow in the next few days and we have already had approximately 15 cm today.

We made an appointment to select Nagashima baby Koi last week, and this was our first farm this morning. We selected 25 tategoi showa from Nageshima’s famous Momotaro jumbo ‘Mako’ bloodline. After a quick tea and chat we then moved on to Sakamaki’s new koi house ponds.

Sakamaki has been working at Dainichi for the last five years and produces some very high-level Koi. We selected a box that included many varieties including Gin Rin Asagi which was a welcomed surprise!

 

The snow was now falling heavily, however this does not stop Koi buying in the mountains. In higher areas 4 meters is expected by the end of January.

We stopped at several other farms before purchasing some very unusual Koi at Isa Maruyou. This is one of 4 farms still breeding Ki Utsuri. As well as some nice examples of this variety, we selected Gin Rin Goshiki, Gin Rin Benigoi, Gin Rin Kigoi, a unique “Kuro Tancho Ginga” and some very rare Aka Bekko.

We have only stopped for lunch once so far in the whole trip and were all extremely hungry  so we stopped at our favourite sushi bar with Yukari san prior to returning to the hotel to prepare today’s email.

Tosai photos take a long time to prepare, but we will catch up during the week.

Sorry that yesterday’s photos of the beautiful tosai mix from Hirashin did not come out well but  if these koi are of interest, I can assure you that the quality is very high so please select for the pattern in our photographs.

Thank you for your orders yesterday. We still have a few days in the mountains but if you are looking for anything special we need to know as soon as possible to allow us time to search for the best possible example available.

Helen is updating invoices today please check these carefully and contact us if any koi are missing or invoice appears incorrect immediately.

Please let us know if you did not receive yesterday’s email ‘KWG in Japan day 9’ as we understand that Google servers have been down and we would hate for you to miss out of these beautiful koi.

Andrew and Ben
Email: koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Office: 0208 337 3337
Whatsapp/ Mobile: 07976832773


KWG Japan Koi Harvest 2020 – Day 8

Posted on by Helen

Konnichi wa

Today we had an early appointment with Ikarashi Ozumi to view his new Nisai Goshiki harvest. Whilst on our way, we quickly popped into Kase to view his tategoi. I really like Kase san, the farm is always clean and tidy and the koi are improving year on year – especially the Showa, Doitsu Showa and Ochiba.

When we arrived at Ikarashi we were very pleased to see the huge amount of koi still available. We took our time and selected many striking Nisai goshiki over several hours from 5 different ponds.

Ben & I managed to purchase some cracking Tategoi as well as a few unique koi such as yuki Asagi (I can assure you we won’t be able to find any more this trip!!) and some stunningTancho Goshiki – We left more than happy knowing that some of the best Kwarimono were coming back to the UK!

Kaneko was our next stop – famous for Shiro Utsuri, Kujaku and more recently Tancho Kujaku. Kaneko san has let us select his tosai Shiro Utsuri first on many occasions over the last decade – and today we had the pleasure again. It takes 2 to 3 hours to select through 2000 tosai, but the results are worth every minute. 120 high potential Shiro now arriving at the end of the year.

We stopped to view MARUHIRO new harvest, One of the Hirasawa brothers – Maruhiro has massive stocks and even late in the season he is still harvesting 3 lakes a day. The same as his  Father`s and  Brother`s facility, you rarely see the bottom of any pond!!

Sorry it’s taking a while to confirm orders at present, but we endeavour to reply within 24 hours. If you have not heard from us by then, please email and/or whatsapp to ensure we have your request.

Enjoy today’s photographs – Dont be too hesitant as these Goshiki won`t hang around for long!

Many thanks
Andrew & Ben
Koi & Water Garden Ltd
Email: koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Office: 0208 337 3337 (not at weekends)
Mobile: 07976832773


KWG Japan Koi Harvest 2020 – Day 7

Posted on by Helen

Konnichi wa,

Ben and I set off early today to video a customer’s azukari kohaku at Marudo koi farm, before it spends another year in his mud pond. We were very impressed at Marudo koi farm and their handling of this koi.

We then proceeded to Hoshikin and Dainichi, we also have koi at both of these high level farms. The Hoshikin Nisai kohaku will also be spending another year in the mud pond and the 2 high class koi purchased at the recent Dainichi event will be returning to the UK.

Please like our facebook page to see videos of these koi and both farms.

Yukari san then took us to her own farm – Suda koi farm. Her father created Long fin koi many decades ago and the farm is also renouned for Showa and Gin Rin Yamabuki Ogon. We purchased some koi here along with some baby long fins before moving on to Aoki and Iwashita.

Iwashita is in a great location in the heart of Yamakoshi with amazing views of the mountain ponds. Famous for creating Gin Rin Asagi, he also now breeds great Goshiki and Kwarimono varieties. We selected some lovely Goshiki, Asagi and a stunning Gin Rin Matsukawabake before joining Iwashita san for a tea and a chat.

We then visited Marushin who produces some beautiful koi along with Tamasaba (Japanese fancy goldfish). He has constructed a new fish house specifically for these which now grow to a monster 45cm (17 inches) in length! These goldfish are very popular in Thailand and China and can cost upwards £10,000-00!

We have added the Kobayashi shiro utsuri that were missed a few days ago to this email, along with Marusho Tategoi Aigoromo.Thanks again for your orders, please remember to use the gmail address and whatsapp as well if possible.

Kind Regards,

Andrew & Ben
Koi & Water Garden Ltd
Email: koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Office: 0208 337 3337
Mobile: 07976832773


KWG Japan Koi Harvest 2020 – Day 6

Posted on by Helen

Hello everyone,

We set off today at 8am and started at Isa koi farm – amazing koi – amazing prices! Nisai prices started at £6k+ and nearly sold out. Although they do have a special offer on that you get a free book if you spend upwards of $10k!!

If you love koi as Ben and I do, it’s always a pleasure to view the high end breeders.(Please view our facebook video tour)

We left Isa koi farm (without a free book) and made some quick stops at Marusei, Jyojo (more later) and Marusho before meeting Takatatsu san, a very nice guy, extremely friendly and loves talking koi. He seems to to breed virtually every difficult variety going from Kin Showa , Kumonryu, Botan, kujaku, Jumbo Gin Rin Chagoi, Gin Shiro etc.

Some super show quality koi but not particularly profitable for himself as it does not really cater for the wider market. He has just finished harvesting so we were able to select some really nice koi.

We then moved up to Sakamaki – Ex Dianichi staff that usues Dianichi bloodline. The son is now taking over a little more, and although the father is friendly, you get the impression that he really doesn’t want to sell his koi! Our persistence paid off and we were able to pick up some nice koi with good potential as we have done so for several years.
Shintaro & Sakai, the Matsunosuke bloodline breeders were the next visit prior to Suzuki and Kanno (no.1 Goshiki).

We ended the day at Marudo checking a customer’s Azukari koi (kept in a mud pond in Japan) and then a well deserved late “Double Ramen”  lunch/dinner before heading back to the hotel to prepare the email and facebook posts.

Thank you for your orders yesterday. Helen has sent deposit invoices out today.

 

Please check they are correct prior to confirming and paying a deposit promptly.

Enjoy the photos and please quote FULL CODE when ordering and/or screenshot koi and whatsapp over to 07976 832773.

Enjoy today’s selection

Andrew & Ben
Koi & Water Garden Ltd
Email koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Whatsapp/Mobile: 07976832773


Japanese Harvest Trip 2020 – Day 4

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Helen

Konnichi Wa

Today we started at Hirashin (brown Chagoi , Kin Matsuba & Ogon). We visited all of  the tosai, nisai and sansai houses and made arrangements to select there later on in the trip.

We are only one of a handful of companies in the world to have got permission to visit Japan and undertake the 14 day quarantine to date, and only the second company from the UK. The mountains are virtually empty so we have time to prioritise our days and schedule return visits knowing the koi will still be there.

We then travelled around 300 meters to Maruhide – A new young breeder that is now producing very good Kohaku along with his Doitsu Go sanke. He showed us his new koi house that incorporated the same unique idea as our fish house 8 (our’s was built first! 😂) With the way that he is progressing, Maruhide San will be one of the top breeders in the next few years.

After leaving Maruhide we continued up the road making a quick stop at Marusei prior to our appointment at Marusaka.

We no longer purchase as many koi as we did previously here and  decided to select  just 1 very nice box to ensure the quality remained high.

Upon reaching Yamazaki it was evident the quality was better here now than previous years. As well as some very nice sansai, we selected some very clean Gin Matsuba and Kikusui. Yamazaki is only 1 of 2 farms that breed Hirenga (long fin koi) so we also took the opportunity to purchase some unusual Hirenga varieties.

We visited several other farms later on in the day including Gengiro, Oyaji & Kansuke, prior to making our way back to the hotel to prepare the email and process yesterday’s orders for Helen in the office.

Thank you for your orders yesterday, and sorry to everyone who selected koi that already sold.  All orders have been confirmed to date so please get in touch if you haven’t heard from us yet.

Please feel free to whatsapp any questions to Andrew or Ben on 07976 832773. We will be happy to advise or recommend any koi or variety of interest.

Kind Regards,

 

Andrew & Ben
Koi & Water Garden Ltd
Email koiwatergarden@gmail.com


Japan Harvest Trip 2020 – Day 3

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Helen

Konnichi wa,

Today’s plan was to visit as many breeders as possible to give us an idea of availability, stocks, harvests etc. We started at Sakasume, then ont Mano (also known as Tomezou), Izumiya and then we reached Yamanaka Oya and that plan soon changed!

Yamanaka Oya means “inside mountain” and is certainly tucked away making it near impossible to find. He produces some striking Shiro Utsuri and also created a new variety a few years ago – ‘AYAWAKABA’. This variety looks like “Midori Shusui” . It certainly is one of those ‘Marmite’ varieties- but for those after unusual koi then you will not see many of these!  It is the first time ever we have been able to purchase this variety and found only 3 good examples – that’s it for at least another year!

We then proceeded to Tanaka Kazehiro’s two koi houses. Although we did not make any purchases here today, a plan was made for later in our trip. We then jumped back into the car and made our way to Marusho.

Marusho is world renowned for Ai Goromo, Kujaku & Kohaku. We usually purchase some nice koi here and this year we found some really good quality nisai. After selecting through his nisai we then moved to the Sansai Tategoi ponds and secured possibly the best 2 sansai female tategoi Goromo that we have ever purchased! Stunning Show Quality koi with very good bodies for Goromo that are usually on the slim side. (Please see our facebook video)

Nageshima ~ One of our favourite Showa breeders was next, again a 25 year relationship ensures we are well looked after. Nageshima san has bred Showa for over 45 years. He has his own bloodline which he enhanced with MOMOTARO around 5 years ago. His koi now grow to 95cm (prior to this they were reaching 85cm). An interesting point is that Momotaro actually added Nageshima males to his bloodline recently proving the quality and respect in Japan for this breeder who’s koi sumi finished to a dark ebony colour, and beni also really darkens once in the UK.

We have several orders for Nageshima Showa from customers who purchased them in the last 2 years and are amazed at how well they have grown and improved.

On the way back we stopped by at Marusada before returning to the hotel. I believe Marusada san is around 85 years old, and his passion for breeding koi has not faded. The speed he walked down to the nisai house and jumped up 2ft onto a pond wall to turn the pump off to show us his Tancho Showa was incredible. We took a few video clips that will be posted on facebook (@koiwatergardens) in next day or two

Thanks for the orders yesterday (sorry Chris that’s yours that went missing!)

Please use contact addresses below and feel free to whatsapp us as well

Enjoy today’s selection and we look forward to hearing form you,

Andrew & Ben

Email koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Mobile/Whatsapp 07976832773


Japanese Harvest Trip 2020 – Day 2

Posted on by Helen

Konnichi Wa,

I woke at 4am after my first night’s sleep in an actual bed for over 2 weeks! After a filling Japanese breakfast we made our way to the first appointment of the day – Hasegawa koi farm.

Hasegawa is now 80, but still jumping up onto ponds like someone half his age. He has now been breeding his Tomoin bloodline Kohaku for 50 years, after learning from Torazo’s father. From over 1 million fry he only selects 2000 tosai and only 270 are grown to nisai – high class breeders select very hard!

We had a quick coffee and a catch up, then it was kohaku time! (please view our facebook page for farm video) We selected some lovely nisai (2 year) from the inside ponds before moving over to the sansai (3 year) & tosai(1 year) house where we selected some stunning koi. Luckily Hasegawa san kindly let us select through one of his baby koi ponds – whatever you do, don’t miss these kohaku – stunning little tategoi (high potential) perfect to grow on.

By now it had past 1pm, so we said our goodbyes and continued to Otsuka koi farm.
A breeder of many unusual varieties such as Kage Utsuri, Goshiki Showa, Ki Utsuri, Aka Matsuba , Goshiki & Asagi. We selected some high quality Nisai that included some very nice Goshiki, Aka Matsuba and reverse Asagi !

Ben had his eye on some jumbo sansai particularly a Gin Rin Akame (red eye)kigoi and a super ‘Cherry” Aka Matsuba. We also selected a Tategoi Goshiki and Ki Utsuri. After long negotiations, we finally struck a deal which took some time as Otsuka san wasn’t keen on selling Bens Aka Matsuba.

We also made flying visits to many farms as we drove through the mountain including Isa, Marusei, Kawakami, Torazo, Miyaishi, Maruhiro & Hirashin. Time and light had beaten us, so notes and appointments were made as we returned to our hotel for food and a well earned drink or two!

Thank you for your orders yesterday, I’ve confirmed every order received so please contact me if you haven’t heard yet. Please call the office (0208 337 3337) early next week to pay the required deposit.

Please remember to send ALL ORDERS to KOIWATERGARDEN@GMAIL.COM and you can also whatsapp us on 07976 832773.

Orders sent to the office will be late reaching us in Japan especially at the weekend. We can only work on a first order receive basis so it is important you send directly to us.

Enjoy the photos & please follow our trip on Facebook (great Hasegawa farm video earlier)

Andrew & Ben
Mobile: 07976832773 (WattsApp)
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Facebook @koiwatergardens


Japan Harvest Trip 2020 – Day 1

Posted on by Helen

Konnichi Wa,

We have now finally completed our quarantine in Japan!

Two weeks didn’t seem as long as we expected it to, and Ben & I quite enjoyed the traditional village life in Nagano. It is safe to say that neither of us are used to cooking, cleaning or collecting water from the spring, and we are now expert Gyoza chefs! I found recycling the biggest challenge – I never knew there were 13 types of rubbish that should be separately recycled! Most surprisingly for most people reading this,  is that as we left our accommodation, the front door does not have any form of lock on it, and when i questioned the owner what I should do as she isn’t coming back for several days, she replied “just close it, it’s easier for postman to put parcels inside”!!

We made our way to the koi town of Ojiya via Oofuchi koi farm.

Fukazawa farm is located very high up in the mountain and will soon  be under 4meters of snow. We traditionally do good business with Oofuchi san and he produces many varieties of koi. I love the beautiful Beni Kujaku that they produce and feel they are very underrated considering the attributes of deep Beni and super Fukurin. They also regularly win at koi shows around the world. It was great to finally see some Koi!

Fortunately, we were able to purchase some stunning Kujaku today, along with several other unusual varieties. A tategoi Ochiba shigure held up negotiation for a long period and eventually Oofuchi san agreed to let us buy have this tategoi – (both Ben & I fancy growing this to jumbo)

We also spent considerable time persuading Oofuchi san to sell a unique koi and new variety – Sumi Sakura – he only had 1 example of the third generation that originally came around from a rogue Kumonryu jumping into a spawning pond and subsequently and unintentionally spawned. The variety has been improved  and stabilised in controlled spawnings. Due to lengthy negotiations and lots of back and forth thankfully his koi is now being sold at a fraction of the original asking price !

Just as we were about to leave Oofuchi sans son took us to a hidden pond containing some lovely baby koi – we quickly agreed a price and began selecting a box ~ these are ideal koi for customers to grow on. Oofuchi sans koi always develop well in the UK, so it is always exciting when we can obtain koi for our customers for this purpose.

The light was already going as we left, so we stopped to take a quick look at a couple of new harvests on our way to the hotel.

We hope that you enjoy the photos, and please remember to email any orders to this email address (koiwatergarden@gmail.com) as well as copying in the office as Helen does not work over the weekend so any orders sent that way could be missed until Monday.

 

Kind Regards,

Andrew & Ben


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Back In The UK !!

Posted on November 4, 2019 by Helen

We are now back in the UK and will be in the shop from tomorrow. Over the next few days we will be working hard completing the final shipment preparations whilst also sterilising and cleaning the quarantine systems ready for the new arrivals.

This year was an exceptional year and we have had lots of luck on the many harvests that we attended. It really is a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time and always having our ears to the ground, finding out who was harvesting and when certainly paid dividends this year.

We still have many stunning koi available and I have attached a small selection to this email for you to view. If there is any koi that you would like to talk about, then do not hesitate to either pop in or give us a call at the Morden store and we will happily go through our photos with you.

Our largest ever shipment is due to arrive in mid November, and as many of you will know the koi will go into our highest rated CEFAS approved quarantine facility. They will then undergo a stringent 4 month quarantine procedure that is unrivalled by anyone else in the UK. You can purchase koi knowing that they will have completed a minimum of 3 x heat cycles and be in optimum health when you collect them at the beginning of April 2020.

This procedure also means that your new purchase will be overwintered in our luxury heated facility giving your new additions the best possible start to their new life in the UK!

Thanks again to all our customers for your support , interest and orders, please do not hesitate to contact us if you require some assistance in selecting your koi, we will happily send you a personalised email with the best options available and our recommendations.

Regards,

Andrew, Ben & James
Tel: 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 16

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Helen

Konnichi Wa,

We are now back in Tokyo and will be returning back to UK tomorrow.

This post is a summary of all the larger koi purchased that will coming back to the UK in Mid November.

These will be fully quarantined prior to being introduced to our new fish house 8 in-spring 2020. This koi house is being designed for 50 – 100 cm koi.

These koi are the 1% the breeders decide to grow for a third year and hence the price tags are higher although often represent better value than younger fish.

Enjoy viewing this selection of photos of our best larger fish. If you see something that takes your eye but would prefer it in a smaller size the email us and we will send you photos of smaller alternatives.

We will be sending out one more post of our BEST NISAI on our return

Thanks again to all our customers for your support , interest and orders, please do not hesitate to contact us if you require some assistance in selecting your koi, we will happily send you a personalised email with the best options available and our recommendations.

Regards

Andrew Richards
Koi & Water Garden Ltd
Office 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 15

Posted on October 30, 2019 by Helen

Konnichi wa
Today was our 15th day in the mountains, a long trip – but if you have a slow start and miss a few harvest first selections, the days can quickly start to run out..but w e never panic buy, although it can be frustrating. HOWEVER, This was not the case this year. We had an excellent start and met the early harvests of some of our favourite breeders and gained first selection of more harvests than ever before which is very important.

We have always worked on the principle of if the koi are good enough and worth us growing to jumbo then they are suitable for our customers. If however they are too expensive or not of sufficient quality they are not purchased even if we could sell them; in-time our customers will regret the purchase and we will pay in future years for foolishly paying over the odds simply to fulfil an order.

As we have already purchased 60% more koi than in previous few years we spent our last morning selecting some sansei at Hirasawa sans that all had nice jumbo female bodies and we expect to grow past 75cm within the next 18 months.

We then dropped our hire car back to the office and made our way to Nagaoka to catch the Shinkansen to Tokyo. We will have 2 nights here before returning to London to prepare our QUARANTINE Facility (UK’s highest rating) for incoming shipments in mid November.

ALL KOI WILL BE HELD FREE OF CHARGE UNTIL APRIL 2019.

During this period they will undergo 3 x 25’ HEAT CYCLES of up to 3 weeks each before being mixed with various other breeders koi, screened for parasites and bacterial problems prior to being released to our customers. We are proud that you can buy from us with confidence that your koi had undergone the most comprehensive quarantining in Europe.

We will continue to send a few more posts with jumbo koi, special nisai and other super koi still available over the next few days ~ not to be missed !!

I would also like to give a massive THANK YOU to Ben, as ever brilliant the whole trip and also my son James on his first trip to Japan. They have both worked tirelessly for over 2 weeks from 6am until 5pm in the mountains and then continuing onto 11 or 12pm to get the email out to you all ~ we all love our trips, but its not quite the holiday some imagine! Ben now on his 25th trip to Japan, can now comfortably converse in Japanese with the breeders as well and James has learnt a reasonable amount of “koi language” during his visit.

Lastly can we thank all of our customers for your interest in our posts and your orders, without this our trips wouldn’t be possible.

Please keep viewing the emails as we have many SPECIAL KOI to still to come and if you still have not yet found what your looking for then please email us (if on WattsApp add your telephone no.) and we will send over the best possible options to help you select your koi

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.
Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at: koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms
To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation
To pay over the phone please call Helen in the Office on 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest -Day 14

Posted on October 29, 2019 by Helen

After Dainichi yesterday, today was another big auction day in the mountains. This is a breeders auction where each breeder enter three or four expensive and often unusual Koi.
The buyers are predominately wealthy far Eastern hobbyists so we decided not to attend as prices are usually several times higher than a realistic purchase price.

We continued to tour the mountains although breeder availability is limited due to the auction taking place.
Our visits included Aoki, Yagenji, Marusei, Yamazaki, amongst many others before returning to our hotel.
Although I recall nearly 30years ago spending 5 consecutive days without purchasing a Koi, it was still unusual in recent times for this to occur. However, with so many purchases of stunning koi already made it is not surprising as we are now being particularly selective with our purchases.

We have therefore decided to go through the photographs of over 1000 Koi already individually selected and post a small selection of the best Koi available.

If you are still looking for a particular fish that you haven’t found please email us directly to koiwatergarden@gmail.com and advise your telephone number and if you are on WattsApp. We will then send you a selection of the best fish, that meet your requirements. As we appreciate so many high quality koi available it is sometimes very difficult to make your selection.

Thank you to all our customers that have made this trip one of our most successful to date and hope we can assist you in selecting any special Koi that you are still looking for over the last few days of our trip.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.
Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at: koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
Copy office on koiwatergarden@btconnect.com
Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 13

Posted on October 28, 2019 by Helen

We started off the day nice and early visiting Takatatsu. Last year we purchased some of his koi and they proved very popular, and most customers were over whelmed with the development of his Koi during quarantine. Takatatsu San is a very accommodating breeder an We started off the day nice and early visiting Takatatsu. Last year we purchased some of his koi and they proved very popular, and most customers were over whelmed with the development of his Koi during quarantine. Takatatsu San is a very accommodating breeder and nothing is too much trouble for him.

Unfortunately his Showa & Go Sanke stocks were low this year; however it was his Ochiba Shigure that we had our eyes on. We also selected some Gin Matsuba & Mukashi Ogon from the Dianichi Botan Bloodline and these are renowned for growing very quickly! Takatatsu San left us to our own devices slecting through his stock whilst he went on his day to day business of checking and feeding his koi.

Next stop of the day was to the famous Dianichi Auction. On our last visit around a week ago we closely inspected the auction koi and shortlisted our favourites. In our heart of hearts we knew that the koi that we were choosing would exceed the £10’000’s and above as is the norm at a Dianichi Auction. After a close pre inspection of the koi in the vats we took up our positions in the main auction area.

Some great fun was had going head to head in some furious bidding wars with many Far Eastern dealers. One thing is for certain, if they want it they will buy It what ever the cost!

Much to our surprise, we managed to secure two fish, one being a very High Grade Tategoi Showa with the other being a beautiful Tategoi Kohaku. Both 18 months old, and in excess of 60cm!!

The auction did not finish until nearly 5 pm so we made our way back to the hotel to prepare todays post.

If you haven’t seen a Japanese koi Auction please view our Facebook page post earlier. It really is an interesting event with todays biggest lot reaching in excess of £70`000 !! Enjoy the photos and you’ll be pleased to know our prices are a little lower than the top auction prices at Dainichi earlier !!

Helen is back in the office now for those of you waiting to pay deposits

Thank you for your purchases and we hope that you continue to look through the emails as we have lots more stunning koi still so post before our trip is concluded.
I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.
Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at: koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
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2019 Japanese Koi Hartvest – Day 12 Post 2

Posted on by Helen

Today was the Nogyosai Koi Show, which is the biggest show for the 200+ breeders in the surrounding mountains where koi originated from. A restful day was planned as Ben & James had prepared an email late into the night, however… we had received information that Hirasawa San was harvesting his Jumbo Bloodline Nisai Hi Utsuri pond so we rushed out of our hotel first thing and was successful in being able to select these fishes first.
We spend several hours at Marusei – selecting koi from 12″ to 28″. We have managed to get some uploaded onto this email.

We then moved on to Iwashita who had completed his last Nisai harvest during the morning. We selected some lovely Goshiki, Kikusui & a stunning example of a Kin Showa. That concluded our buying for the day as we travelled back to Ojiya to attend the Koi show.

Many years ago, the winner of this show would be expected to win the All Japan Show however, these days their is stronger competition from breeders in the South of Japan.
We spent several hours viewing the exhibits, had some very nice sushi for lunch and then got collard into giving a very long TV interview!

We have added some koi purchased that we have previously not been able to post from Oofuchi & Tsuna. There are some lovely Shusui and Doitsu Sanke amongst the selections from these farms.

We are now in the last few days of our trip, and have already purchased our largest number of Koi from an Autumn harvest trip. There are still literally hundreds of very high quality Koi still available that would have normally been snapped up! This is probably due to the amount of harvests that we have been able to select first from giving us superb stocks for your selection.

Thank you for your purchases and we hope that you continue to look through the emails as we have lots more stunning koi still so post before our trip is concluded.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately. Helen is back in the Office on Monday and will be able to take deposits for fish taken over the weekend then.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
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20019 Japanese Koi Harvest — Day 12 Post 1

Posted on by Helen

This is the 1 of 2 posts today, as James and Ben have managed to prepare the Nageshima baby Tategoi photographs previously selected. We have also posted the entire selection of baby Koi purchased today on this harvest. We are not expecting to find anymore Tosai of the quality we desire.

As you will see its been fantastic trip for Tosai – baby Koi. After many years of trying to persuade breeders to select through tategoi ponds, this year many have agreed for us to do so.

We have a wide range of varieties, of High quality baby Koi to choose from. if it is your intention to purchase Tosai – one year old Koi, this is possibly the best selection we have ever had and I would advise you to select your Koi now.

Thank you for orders today and have fun selecting a future champion from todays selection.

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page to see photographs and videos of our trip.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
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2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 11

Posted on by Helen

We awoke to another rainy morning and headed off to the mountains before 7am. Our first stop was to an old school breeder – Takano; famous for his Budo Goromo. Around 4 years ago he also produced the first Gin Rin Budo Goromo. We selected some beautiful examples of his Goromo and also some Gin Rin Goshiki, and a particularly stunning Tancho Goshiki. Unfortunately It is likely that he will stop producing koi in the near future which is a shame to lose another “old school” breeder who have seen the revolution of the Nishikigoi industry over the last 69 years.

Once this selection was completed, we proceeded to Marusaka where we selected a box of striking doitsu fish from his recent harvest.

We then popped in to Sakasume for some of his bright larger Yamabuki Ogons before heading for Yamakoshi to complete our Nageshima selection.
As we mentioned in a previous post his Showa develop a jet black sumi and a deep red Hi in our Uk waters. Our Nageshima selection last year proved to be one of the most popular. Please look at these Tategoi Showa carefully as they have great potential.
Last but not least, was a visit to Sakemake. A new generation breeder who previously worked at Dianichi koi farm. His farm is relativly small and they certainly produce qulaity over quantity. We managed to select some stunning Go Sanke here which includes some stunning Gin Rin Kohaku.

We headed home earlier than usual, as the lovely Japanese bar staff had offered to open earlier than usual, so that we could watch the England vs New Zealand Rugby semi final. After the successful result we took James for an illuminated night tour of the Nishikigoi museum prior to returning to complete todays posts.

Thank you for your orders to date. All of our customers have played a huge part in making this one of our most successful trips to date. Please remember any orders placed over the weekend will not be updated or invoiced until Monday when Helen returns to work.

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page to see photographs and videos of our trip.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 10

Posted on October 25, 2019 by Helen

We have purchased possibly the most koi ever already at this stage, therefore we can afford to be incredibly selective.

We started the day travelling further afield, initially to Suzuki in Junidaira and then onto Oonuma to visit Kanezo & Sejiryo. We selected some lovely Gin Rin Shiro Utsuri as well as other Varieties here at Kanezo, prior to making our way back to Maruhiro in the heavy rain.

At Maruhiro we selected some unusual single coloured koi, including the very rare Nezo Oogn, Mukashi Ogon, Soragoi & Benigoi amongst others.
Once we had completed this, we moved onto his brother; Yoshiuki at Marusei. This vast farm produces more koi than any other in Japan. We selected various varieties including Hi Utsuri, Chagoi, Benigoi, Ornenji Kin Matsuba & Nezu Ogon prior to the light failing so we will return at a later date.

Todays post also includes the famous Kanno Gohiki and some Tategoi Jumbo Nisai Showa & Kohaku from Hoshikin.

Thank you for your purchases and we hope that you continue to look through the emails as we have lots more stunning koi still so post before our trip is concluded.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 9

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Helen

We started our day by meeting Mr Nageshima San for a nisai harvest. Nageshima San and his wife run a very nice and clean farm and always accommodating to our needs. Most importantly Nageshima Showa are more suited to UK water condition than any other breeders. The sumi becomes jet black and the reds very deep. The Showa that we selected today are from Momotaro Mako bloodline. This photos will be posted tomorrow.

After several hours selecting our Showa, we had quick visits to Marusei, Yagenji, Aoki, Marusaka & Maruhiro.

Our final stop was to Hirashin who is famous for producing dark brown Chagoi, as well as Ki Matsuba, Shusui & Hi Utsuri. We selected some lovely koi here from his recent harvest.

Tonights email includes the stunning Oofuchi Koi purchased yesterday, along with the remaining selections from Wada that we noticed were not posted previously. With us purchasing so many high quality koi, the emails are taking James & Ben around 6 hours to prepare whilst I process paperwork and orders. I apologies for the delays in confirming some of your orders – however we are methodical in noting the time that orders are received to be fair to all customers.

Thank you for your purchases and we hope that you continue to look through the emails as we have lots more stunning koi still so post before our trip is concluded.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 8

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Helen

We were up and out of the hotel before 7am this morning to meet the Oofuchi Sansai & Yonsai harvest – luckily in bright sunshine. These photos will hopefully be posted tomorrow and include some stunning and unusual Koi for you to look forward to.

We then moved onto Kaneko – Although famous for his Beni Kujaku, its his old Shiro Utsuri bloodline with traits of beautiful white skin that entices us to visit these days.

Once we had finished our purchasing at Kankeko, we then dropped into Suda San. Although we did not purchase any more Koi this time around, we took the opportunity to rephotograph a 68cm Yonsai Showa that we purchased earlier on in the trip. (Video has been uploaded to Facebook.

We then had the pleasure of a trip to Dianichi and Hoshikin Koi Farms. James with amazed by the sheer size and quality of the koi in the main ponds – all 90cm + and included many famous champion fish.

We concluded our day by purchasing a small number of high quality fish from a small breeder named Saito Koi Farm. A high quality Kohaku, Gin Rin Goshiki and several stunning Tancho were selected along with a very rare Aka Bekko.

The Koda koi that were purchased yesterday have been included on todays email. These Koi are very good – So please take the time to look through them carefully.

Thank you for your purchases and we hope that you continue to look through the emails as we have lots more stunning koi still so post before our trip is concluded.

I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 7

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Helen

This morning we had an early start in the rain to meet another Kase harvest. Before proceeding to our other appointments made yesterday, we stopped by and started selecting some Nisai at Takatatsu – including several varieties bred from the famous Dianichi Jumbo Botan bloodline. We also selected several rather unusual Kawarimono. – Photos to follow tomorrow.

We then made our way to Miyako – A small Shiro Utsuri and Goshiki specialist. Here we were allowed to select through some Tosai ponds and purchased some lovely Tategoi Shiro Utsuri, Benigoi & Goshiki.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent at Koda and Kanno Koi farm. These are two great younger generation breeders whose quality keeps rising and rising annually. Please take a look at our Facebook post earlier to see an example of Kanno’s world renowned unbelievably high quality Goshiki.
We have added the remaining selection from Wada & Takahashi to todays email. They include some stunning koi.
We are fast approaching the quantity of koi that we purchased last year – and still with over a week to go on our trip. We are therefore struggling to keep up with the emails but will post our purchases ASAP.
We are uploading these daily updates to Facebook along with videos of our trip.

Please like our page to view our daily Facebook updates whilst we are out in Japan.

Thanks for all your order to date. I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 6

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Helen

Another Typhoon is heading in our direction so we made the most of the good weather and set out early to select some Tategoi Gin Rin Ochiba at Takatatsu (Photos tomorrow.)

I was the first to import these as a new variety to the UK at around 1990. I recall apart from them being incredibly expensive that they sold out almost immediately. These are superb Tategoi to grow on and much cheaper than they were 30 years ago!

We then moved onto Marusaka – The metallic Koi specialist. He breeds many varieties of metallic koi which are know for there superb lustre. We selected some very nice fish here, and will also be going back for another harvest later on in the trip.

After Marusaka, we then proceeded to make stops at Hiroi Conias, Kanno (Goshiki specialst) Kaneko and Miyako and made several appointments to return.

We finished our day at Isa Maruyo who specialises in unique and unusual varieties of Koi including the Ki Utsuri which he brought back from near extinction by breeding from a Hi Utsuri around 10 – 15 years ago. Here we selected some nice nisai before netting up three ponds of baby koi where we selected some super little fish.

Thanks for all your order to date. I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from me, please contact us in Japan via email immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 5

Posted on by Helen

Today was the first of several koi shows in the mountains. Many of the breeders were attending the Nagaoka Koi show and thus it is more difficult to get appointments to buy their koi.

However, we did have an early appointment with Takahashi to select his recently harvested nisai. This took several hours as we carefully selected through all 4 of his newly harvested ponds. We selected some very nice Doitsu Go Sanke, Tancho’s, Beni kumonryu as well as some very unique koi.
Our customers usually love Takahashi koi and they always prove very popular.

We then moved on to Kobayashi who has now changed his parent Shiro Utsuri to Dianichi x Omosako bloodline to stabilise the sumi (black) and jumbo body shape. The results are already very good and Kobayashi San was happy to let us select through his tosai pond. These baby Shiro Utsuri have great potential and are ideal to grow on.

We then made our way to the Nagaoka koi show stopping at Shinoda, Aoki, Takakatsu, Nagashima and Sakamaki and made several harvest appointments for later visits to these breeders.

We spent an hour or so viewing the show which was won by a stunning Nogomi Kohaku. We had also stopped at several spot sale sales on the way back to the hotel.

I have also added photos of our jumbo selection of Showa from Suda koi farm yesterday. These jumbo koi vary in size from 65-75cm and are very reasonably priced considering their quality.

Please view our video posted on Facebook earlier today.

Thanks for all your order to date. I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from me, please contact us in Japan via email immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japanese Koi Harvest – Day 4

Posted on by Helen

Todays first visit was to one of our favourite parts of an Autumn harvest trip to Japan – The Hasegawa Kohaku first harvest selection.
This 87 year old breeder of Toiamin Bloodline Kohaku; even at his age he still strives to further improve his Kohaku. This years selection was possibly one of the best he has ever produced.
We have spent several hours carefully selecting through his Tategoi to select the very best available. If you are looking for Kohaku on this trip, I cannot recommended these koi highly enough – Jumbo body, super skin, dark Hiban and stunning patterns. See our Facebook page that includes some videos of these fish.

Kase Koi farm was our next stop. Kase San has recently completed a new koi house which was already full of some stunning Sansai. Kase was previously famous for the incredible lustre on his metallic varieties, but nowadays its his Dianichi x Sekiguchi Showa that we look for.
Here we selected some nisai and sansai with great potential. – Please remember when selecting Showa, the sumi will take up to 5 years to finish. But if you can see it under the skin, it will finish under your care.

Our high quality Suda Hirenga (Longfin) have also been added to todays email. These include some really unusual high quality varieties of long fin with great finnage.

Tomorrow we will be travelling to Takahashi and surrounding farms, including Kobayashi & Wada. We will then be visiting the Nagaoka Koi Show.

Please note that the Hasegawa Kohaku sold extremely quickly on last years email so reserve ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Thanks for all your order to date. I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have not heard from us, please contact me by email in Japan immediately.

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


2019 Japan Koi Harvest – Day 3

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Helen

After a good nights sleep we were up early to meet a harvest at Kazehiro, a really friendly breeder who’s always friendly & accommodating. We selected some stunning Tategoi Shiro Utsuri along with several other varieties including Goshiki, Shusui, Doitsu Ochiba

Our next stop was Suzuki – i remember him being one of the young guys in the mountains on my first trip with Kamihata in 1987, now he’s slowing his Doitsu Gosanke production down !! Suzuki is unique in lining the mud ponds to assist finishing. We selected some striking baby koi including Doitsu Showa and Sanke. Suzuki koi finish superbly in our UK water.

We then moved on to another nice guy – Suda san. His father “invented” Hirenga -,long fin koi, around 40 years ago. we selected some lovely unusual 10-12” long fins (photos tomorrow) and arrange to return to see the yonsai (4year) harvest tomorrow.

The famous Kansuke kohaku was our next stop to view his SAKAI bloodline Kohaku and more recently his DAINICHI bloodline Showa. We selected some Nisai Tategoi here that have great growth potential as parents stock in region of 90 cm.

Kase koi farm was our next destination. We love the Dainichi x Sekiguchi Showa he is now producing. We gained important harvest information and will be back !

The day was concluded with visits to Ikarashi and Marusaka. No purchases at either but more harvest information gained

We have very early appointment in the morning that promises to be one of the highlights of our trip – don’t miss tomorrows post !!

Thanks for all your order to date. I have confirmed all orders and will continue to do so within 24hours, if you have heard please contact us in Japan immediately.
Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


Japan 2019 Koi Harvest – Day 2

Posted on October 17, 2019 by Helen

We all managed between 2 and 4 hours sleep and woke at 6-30am to bright sunshine.

After the usual hotel breakfast of rice, miso soup and salad we headed to the mountains.

Junidaira and Mushigame areas were on our schedule today. We started at Kyutan and Yagenji before purchasing some super quality baby koi at Suzuki (photos will follow tomorrow). Our selection included some rare varieties such as Doitsu Showa, Doitsu Shiro Utsuri and Gin Rin Budo Goromo plus some striking Doitsu Sanke.

Kazehiro was our next port of call and an appointment was made to select some VHQ Shiro Utsuri, Goshiki & Shusui from his newly harvested koi.

The Ai Goromo specialist – Marusho was next on the agenda and we were pleased with the 16 Goromo, Kohaku and Kujaku that we carefully selected from his stocks of around 400 nisai here. We preferred the fish that he had available to the other Goromo breeder Sakasume that we had visited earlier.

We then returned to the car and made the short trip to Nageshima. We have many customers who particularly request his Showa that after a short while in the UK develop an ‘ebony’ sumi type and dark red beni. After making our selections here, we made an appointment to view another one of his harvests later on in the week.

Then onto Kansuke – famous for his Sakai bloodline Kohaku and Dianichi bloodline Showa. Eight Tategoi were selected here. These fish have great jumbo potential as both parents are in the region of 90cm +!

We returned back to the hotel via quick stops at Maruhide, Hirashin and Marusei as it had now gone 4.30pm and was insufficient light to purchase any more koi.

I am writing these notes whilst Ben and James are labelling the koi photos both with their eyes held open with chopsticks!!

Enjoy the photos and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi.

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
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Andrew, Ben & James.


Japan 2019 Koi Harvest – Day 1

Posted on October 16, 2019 by Helen

Konnichiwa

Our flight (full of rugby fans) arrived at Haneda airport, Tokyo at 7am. After a long delay getting through passport control we made our way to Tokyo station via both the monorail and train.
Two hours later our Shinkansen bullet train arrived at Nagaoka station and from there were taken to our hotel in Ojiya. A quick check in followed by some delicious pork ramen and we were off to the mountains!

Breeders are now harvesting their mud ponds and there are many trucks on the roads full of newly harvested koi.
We decided to spend the afternoon quickly visiting over a dozen breeders to find out harvest dates over the coming week.
Our first stop was Hasegawa – a favourite of ours. I introduced my son James to his first breeder who I myself was introduced to by my boss Kamihata san some 31 years ago!!
We then proceeded to Miyatora (where his young staff backed his harvesting truck into our car… great start!!)

After Miyatora we visited Yamazaki to sort through his stocks of newly harvested nisai Purachina, followed by Tsuna who was out harvesting but returned just as we arrived.
Tsuna san is ageing and was struggling to release his harvest so Ben jumped in and unloaded it for him, whilst James and I selected straight from the newly harvested koi.
Some striking Doitsu Sanke were purchased prior to us arranging to return for another harvest later in the week.

Visits to Hirasawa, Isa, Kawakame, Miyaishi, Sakasume, Otsuka, Kataoka Maruhiro and Mano followed before we lost the light and although no further purchases were made lots of important information was gathered!

We have now been up around 35 hour with little sleep, so its off for a bite to eat and a quick beer before we hopefully get some sleep, prior to our 6-30am wake up call tomorrow morning.

Enjoy the first purchases and remember to email us at koiwatergarden@gmail.com if you wish to reserve any koi

Regards

Andrew Ben & James
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
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Office Tel 0208 337 3337


Japan Harvest 2019

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Helen

JAPAN AUTUMN KOI HARVEST 2019

We hope that you are keeping well and your Koi have grown well benefiting from the incredibly hot summer we have just experienced.

As you may already know, we are off to Japan for our Autumn Harvest buying trip on the 15th October 2019. We have extended this year’s visit until the 2nd November 2019.

We will be visiting over 50 breeders during our stay, many of which I have personally known for nearly 30 years. These 2 weeks are the first of the harvest and we will be meeting freshly harvested Koi daily, giving us the opportunity to purchase the very best Nishikigoi available.

We will be emailing daily updates as usual, these will feature priced photographs of all our purchases that day. Please reserve any fish of interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Approximately 90% of Koi chosen from last year’s daily email were purchased, only 10% of customers decided to transfer their deposit to an alternative Koi when viewing the fish at our quarantine facility in the Spring.

Please contact us at the above if there are any Koi in particular that you are looking for, whether it’s something unusual or High Quality Go Sanke. Please remember, that although the fish will be arriving in early November, all Koi will be fully quarantined for 5 months over the winter and ready for collection in April 2020 as the weather warms up.

We are now finding WhatsApp the best way to forward video’s and photo’s whilst in the mountains, please advise if you have WhatsApp on your phone.

We look forward to hearing your requirements before our departure.

Andrew & Ben
Koi Water Gardens Ltd


2018 Christmas Opening Hours

Posted on December 18, 2018 by Helen

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
MORDEN AND TOLWORTH STORES WILL CLOSE AT 1.00 pm ON CHRISTMAS EVE

We are “officially“ closed until 2nd January 2019. However we check the livestock daily and during this limited time we are Happy to serve any customers

DATE: MORDEN STORE: TOLWORTH STORE:
24TH DECEMBER 2018 9:00 AM – 1.00 PM 9:00 AM – 1.00 PM
25TH DECEMBER 2018 CLOSED CLOSED
26TH DECEMBER 2018 CLOSED CLOSED
27TH DECEMBER 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 10.00 AM – 10.30 AM
28TH DECEMBER 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
29TH DECEMBER 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
30TH DECEMBER 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
31ST DECEMBER 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CLOSED
1ST JANUARY 2019 CLOSED CLOSED
2ND JANUARY 2019 09:00 AM – 4:30 PM 09:00 AM – 4:00 PM
We Wish All Our Customers A Merry Christmas And Prosperous New Year
From Andrew, Ben, Tracey, Helen And All The Staff


KWG in Japan 2018

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Helen

Hi Everyone

All photo’s of our koi purchases are now fully loaded on the website.

Please view and if any specific koi are of interest please email on koiwatergarden@btconnect.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Kind Regards

Andrew & Ben

 

 


Winter Opening Times

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Helen

WINTER OPENING TIMES
FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2018 UNTIL 28TH FEBRUARY 2019
MORDEN STORE OPENING HOURS:-
MONDAY – SATURDAY 9.00AM – 4.30PM
SUNDAY – 10.00AM – 4.00PM
TOLWORTH STORE OPENING HOURS:-
MONDAY – SATURDAY 9.00AM – 4.00PM
SUNDAY – 10.00AM – 4.00PM
FROM 1ST MARCH 2019 WE WILL RESUME OUR NORMAL OPENING HOURS AS FOLLOWS:-
MORDEN STORE
MONDAY – SATURDAY 9.00AM – 5.30PM
SUNDAY – 10.00 – 4.00PM
TOLWORTH STORE
MONDAY – SATURDAY 9.00AM – 5.00PM
SUNDAY – 10.00AM – 4.00PM


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 16

Posted on by Helen

We are now preparing to go to the airport for our return trip to the UK.

After looking through our photographs, we cannot resist sending this final email showing the new stocks of koi of three years of age and above.
As you will see, there are some amazing fish now in stock and I am sure that these koi are unrivalled anywhere else in the UK.

This years trip was scheduled both for a longer period and earlier than usual to ensure that we met as many harvests as possible. In reflecting we feel that we made the correct decision and are very pleased with our purchases during our stay.

Thank you all for your support and purchases over the last two weeks and your positive feedback keeps us going when often we are very tired after long 16hour days.

We welcome all enquires and are happy to assist with advice about particular koi if it will help you select.

Thanks again and we looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 333


KWG in Japan – Day 15

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Helen

Today was our final day in the mountains as we are now making our way back to Tokyo.

We visited several of the larger breeders that are still harvesting mud ponds in hope that we may find something special to add to our superb stocks now being prepared to ship back to the UK in mid November.

We have now selected over 600 koi and will soon be busy preparing our fish houses to receive these.

When we returned to Nagaoka station, we collected the last of our photographs and as I am writing this email having both just looked through these pictures, we are incredibly happy with the high quality koi that we have selected.

We have decided to send out this last two emails – one with a selection of Nisai (2 year old koi) and on the way to Tokyo we will prepare a second email of Sansai (3 year) and older koi.
Both emails contain koi that are still available and show just a small selection of the quality of stock.

This is the perfect time to select fish – and we will hold these until April 2019 free of charge.

As I am sure that you are aware, our quarantine procedure meets the high standards set by DEFRA and we are the only company in the UK to have 6 certified regulation 22 fish houses.

Please do not hesitate to email if you need any assistance with your selections. We will be happy to email you our recommendations.

Thank you all for viewing our daily emails and the positive feedback that we have received.

We appreciate that there has been many fish to view and by now you may be getting a little ‘fished out’! Without your support, such trips would not be possible.

Please enjoy this selection of two year old koi and we look forward to receiving your orders.

Regards,

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms. To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan on Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation. To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 14

Posted on by Helen

As we have mentioned on various daily emails we have managed to persuade various breeders to let us select through there tategoi and tateshita ponds throughout our stay in Japan.
A jumbo koi will release over 250’000 eggs during A spawning, and at first selection high quality breeders will have reduced this number down to around 5000 fry.

By third selection approximately only 500 to 1000 will remain and have some value. However from this number the breeder may only select 50 to 100 to grow on to nisai (2 years).
Producing high quality koi is incredibly difficult, many of the farms we purchase from in the mountains are now third generation breeders. Over 50 years of family knowledge and experience has been handed down to produce the koi of the quality good enough to grow on to Nisai and then after they’ve done all the hard work we ask to buy them at a 1 year old price!!

The breeder now knows he only has to keep the fish alive to start gaining real value, so they are always reluctant to sell such koi and expect a high price or you to take a box “as it comes” which at best will contain only 10% of the koi we were looking to select.
After further ( and often very long) negotiation he may offer to catch 25% of the pond and let you select from that section of his stocks.
We then ask him to catch EVERY Koi and select through his stocks one by one ensure we don’t miss anything! Again long protracted negotiation, often involving several visits, but occasionally if he likes you and you have a good relationship formed over decades you WIN!!

This trip we won several times, including NAGESHIMA (twice) TAKANNO, WADA, ISA, KANEZO & SUZUKI thus selection of tosai is perfect to grow on or show at baby sizes.
Please look carefully we selected through over 15`000 koi to buy these superb Babies, just imagine how many in total the various breeders have selected through!! More Nisai and sansai tomorrow, but there will be no more tosai this trip.

Enjoy the photos,

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 333


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 13

Posted on by Helen

We decided to go back and have another look at the Nogyosai show this morning, so after the usual Japanese mixed (and large) breakfast we made our way to the show ground to have a quick look around and to collect several nets and bowl covers that we always bring back with us for our quarantine facility.

 

We then travelled to Takanno to complete the nisai selection. Takanno is famous for his Budo Goromo, Goshiki and more recently Gin Rin Budo Goromo. He also produced Ki Giro and several unique koi come from this. As previously mentioned his nisai stocks are limited this year but we selected some interesting koi including a Midori goromo – never seen before and maybe never again!!

 

We then stopped off again at Nageshima and added 2 female Shiro Utsuri and 2 jumbo nisai Tategoi Showa to our previous purchases. The Showa have huge frames and we are confident from previous experience that the sumi will finish beautifully in the Uk and both these koi we be outstanding Jumbo examples in a couple of years time.

 

We then returned to Hasegawa to photograph the additional Tategoi Kohaku that Hasegawa had let us select after our great persistance from his main Tategoi pond (a few of you have been enquiring why we kept returning!) As it is rare to get such high quality bloodline koi we intended to grow these on at Banstead, but we decided to offer these on todays email for a limited period before growing on the remaining koi after completion of quarantine.

 

As todays email has fewer koi we have added some super koi from earlier emails that are still available including the Hasegawa tategoi selected last week which are both very high quality and great value.

 

We are now preparing a Tosai – Baby koi (10-20cm) for tomorrow, if your looking for very high quality baby koi to show or grow on please view this email in detail, I feel its the best selection of Tosai we have ever offered.

 

Thanks for yesterdays orders and enjoy the photos.

 

Andrew & Ben

 

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 12

Posted on by Helen

Last night we were invited to a Traditional Japanese Onsen and restaurant. Located on a river near Kaneko in the mountains, the setting was stunning, after our bath in the hot spring we has a superb meal and were entertained to a show on a stage located on the opposite river bank. Thank you Yukari san for a wonderful evening.

Today was the main koi show in Niigata – The Nagyosai winner would often win the All Japan show many years ago however Sakai in Hiroshima has been incredibly successful in recent times.
All the breeders attend and enter their best koi for the event so we had decided to take a day off from the mountain for the show prior to leaving the UK. Its great to see many old friends as well as having a chat with breeders we purchase koi from this visit.
Hasegawa San was very pleased with his kohaku he showed us yesterday won Bu 20 champion, and Satoru Jyoju san who we purchased our Arakari nisai Kohaku from won 5 prizes with the four Sakai bloodline koi he entered. Sakamaki and Nageshima were also successful so its good to see the bloodlines we have purchased our koi from winning at prestigious shows like this.

Ben has now completed the Marusei koi which were partly sent on yesterdays email and the Sakemaki Tategoi that we returned to photograph yesterday. Some very high quality and unusual koi are included in todays photographs, The Sakamaki tategoi are exceptional so please order with confidence Back to the mountains tomorrow, we still have some great koi to come.

Thank you for your support,

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms.
To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan on Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation.
To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 11

Posted on by Helen

We have now stopped and looked at around 150 koi houses if we include those we’ve visited several times.
Some harvest’s are huge lakes like Marusei yesterday whilst others are smaller mud-ponds that may contain only 25-50 koi, but we still drop in to find the new jewels that have been added to the concrete stock ponds.

Today we revisited Hasegawa for several reasons, we wanted to see availability of tosai, the Nisai situation and view his Tategoi, after such a great first visit we had to go back.

We then had a meeting Takanno to view his tosai in the new koi house, unfortunately due to poor health he didn’t produce many larger koi last year, but has now began producing again and has some beautiful tosai.

We then decided to view Marusaka new harvest of hikari (metalic) koi. We found some more koi here including a stunning beni Kikusui and Doitsu benigoi.

Our next stop was to Photograph our Tategoi at Sakamaki that were purchased a couple of days ago, the time spent selecting our Azakari Kohaku yesterday was really meant for this purpose.

Thanks again for your orders, please email us if you haven’t found what your looking for, or want advise as to best one to reserve. We will happily email you back the best few options with an explanation.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call Helen at the Office on 0208 337 3337 (Monday to Friday)


KWG in Japan Day 7

Posted on by Helen

We again woke to stunning sunshine in Ojiya, early appointments with TSUNA, CHOGORO and YAMAZAKI were scheduled. These 3 breeders are located within a few minutes of each other.
We selected some lovely koi and also arranged to return for Harvests later this week.
We then moved on to SHINODA, HIROI CONIAS and HOSOKAI although we were unable to find any suitable koi here we again made appointment to return for future harvests.
YAGENJI was our next stop and this extremely well run farm is a popular destination for all koi hunters – I love the showa they are producing and very happy with our stunning purchases from here.
We unfortunately had to move our hotel to Nagaoka this afternoon, we booked a few months in advance but this year our usual hotel was already fully booked from today.

On the way we stopped at DAINICHI & HOSHIKIN both producers of amazing koi but the number of show class Dainichi jumbo koi over 90cm really takes your breath away. Unfortunately these koi carry an equally amazing price tag and are predominantly sold to very wealthy hobbyists in the Far East.

Enjoy todays photos and thank you all for your support during our trip, If any customers need assistance in selecting koi from the huge number purchased please send an email of the variety and approximate size your looking for and we’ll email you photos of the best available options.

Andrew & Ben Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call Helen in the Office – 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 10

Posted on October 25, 2018 by Helen

We decided to start a little later today, to give us a few hours to get our paperwork and photograph a “little” up to date.
Sorry order confirmations have been a little slow, hopefully everyone now has confirmation including Helen in the office who will be sending out deposit invoices – please check that they are correct.

Marusei was our first call – the largest koi farm in the world, please view the video on facebook, it gives you some idea of size however this is just one of many koi houses and doesn’t show the 300 x mud ponds & lakes they use to grow on the koi ! Until recently they only had 4 staff in total, although Yoshiyuki san had a few more around today. We have bought many koi over the years from the Hirasawa family since my initial purchases in 1992 – today was no exception (photo in next 2 emails).

Keeping it in the family we visited Yoshiyuki’s brother Hironori at his own Maruhiro Koi Farm, much smaller in size but with enormous stocks always very busy, we purchased some unusual koi here including some nice KiUtsuri, Mukashi Ogons, Aka matsuba, Deep red Kohaku and a super Tancho Ochiba.

It was now early around 2pm and we noticed the new owner of A farm I had heard about and quickly stopped. Mr Satoru JYOJU – and he was really refreshing to meet and discuss koi with. Although his farm is relatively new he has been working in the industry for 24 years with different koi companies studying koi in great detail, most recently he has spent several years under the guidance of Sakai Hiroshima (worlds no.1 farm).

He showed us his 94cm Sakai parent koi and discussed bloodlines and development in great detail.

Ben and I had our eye on a superb 47cm nisai tategoi Kohaku, with amazing body shape, skin and pattern. We decided to purchase this koi and unusually for us, also decided it was best to leave the koi with the breeder in Japan to grow on in his largest mud pond until October 2019.

It was now 4-30pm, light fades around this time so I left Jyoju San very happy knowing my wife’s christmas present had been purchased!! Enjoy the photos, and please email and reserve ASAP unfortunately the best koi do sell quickly and often several times.

Thanks for all your orders yesterday.

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 9

Posted on October 24, 2018 by Helen

After a long day yesterday the plan was to finish a little earlier today to give us some “email catch up time” however rules are made to be broken when koi hunting!! A breeder late from his harvest or a breeder passing with water splashing from the harvest tank on his truck can soon alter our schedule.
Breeders are also busy preparing for the Nogyosai Koi show this weekend, mud ponds are being hastily drained to ensure their best koi are available for the biggest annual show in this main koi area.

We started at Chogoro who as many of you know is Japans best Purachina breeder, he also breeds Beni kikokuryu, Shiro utsuri and Goshiki these days, but it was the purachina that we wanted. Once we left Chogoro we drove the short distance to Tsuna, he was completing his final harvest with the assistance of a neighbour as unfortunately he is struggling a little with his health. We purchased some very striking Nisai Doitsu Sanke, Kujaku and Shusui plus his best Sansai Kin Ki Utsuri. It was good to see lots of quality tosai ready for next year before leaving.
We dropped into various breeders (many for the 3rd or 4th time) over the next few hours, and finally managed to pin Sakamaki down for an appointment. Sakamaki kohaku have won many prizes at Koi shows all over Japan and are particularly sought after. We initially were looking for high quality baby koi, but he then agreed to let us go through the complete nisai pond. Here we selected some very good Kohaku, Gin Rin Kohaku, Tancho and a lovely sanke. By the time our selection was completed it was now 4pm (so much for the early finish!) so we agreed to return tomorrow to photograph these female Tategoi.

Thank you all for your orders and support over the last week or so, we will continue selecting koi daily and generally become very selective towards the end of the trip so please keep viewing the daily emails

If you are missing any of our emails please check your Spam folder. We are also having problems posting our photos on facebook ar present please email your details to koiwatergarden@gmail.com and we will add your to the daily purchases list.

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on Monday – 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan – Day 8

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Helen

Today was the 12th anniversary of the earth quake that destroyed so much of the mountain and millions of koi. Its incredible how the breeders recovered so quickly as the majority lost all their parent koi.

We began with an early appointment at Nagashima, a true gentleman and pleasure to deal with. Tosai selection from 3 ponds and then a harvest of nisai – stunning koi great value – do nOt miss these over next couple of days.

KODA KOI FARM is really progressing in quality – we selected some lovely nisai before long negotiations were successful in securing two stunning sansai goshiki – video also on Facebook.

Kaneko produced the usual high quality of shiro utsuri and doitsu ochiba – some of these really are show class so please take a close look at our purchases.

Shinoda was also successful although we hoped to select more Hi Utsuri, we were please with what we purchased – some years certain varieties are in short supply in the quality we require, but we lower our selection standard to fill the void.

TAKAHASHI had kindly let us have first selection of his harvest and going through 4 ponds full of stunning koi took the rest of the day, and was worth every minute. Takahashi is famous for Showa however he is now producing some striking Doitsu Gosanke and Beni Kumonryu as you will see when we email these before the weekend.

Some days in Japan can be slow and frustrating other go amazingly well, today was fortunately the later. Please enjoy these photos and I’m sorry we cant get all our purchases out today, but it will take another 5-6 hours and its now nearly 11pm here, after starting at 6am we both need a bite to eat and a pint !! NB You can see a sneak preview on facebook now.

Thanks for all your orders yesterday – enjoy the photos

 

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on Monday – 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 – Day 6

Posted on October 22, 2018 by Helen

Konnichi Wa

Today was both the Ojiya and Nagaoka koi shows and after yesterdays heavy rain fortunately it was warm and sunny.

Many of the breeders were attending or judging these shows so we had several pre arranged appointments prior to visiting the show ourselves.

We started in the showa area of Junidira – which was very badly hit in the earthquake a decade ago – everyone has now left the village for the main town and only koi houses remain.

We found some stunning and incredibly rare baby Gin Rin Budo goromo, Doitsu Shiro Utsuri, & Doitsu Showa at SUZUKI, we will not be able to find any more of these varieties until at least Autumn 2019.

We then dropped into NAGESHIMA and selected 5 VHQ Tategoi Showa. If you are looking for high quality small koi – do not miss these!

We will also be adding some Wada tosai and Oofuchi 3 year old koi not sent on earlier Daily koi emails.

Two jumbo Showa were finally purchased from SUDA next after several days of negotiations.

One is a striking finished koi ready for showing the other a super bodied tategoi ready for growing on.

A video of these has been posted on our Facebook page.

MIYAKO KOI FARM was next stop and although the water clarity was poor we found three beautiful Beni Kikokuryu before taking a short walk to TANAKA KAZEHIRO. He is a really nice breeder and we selected some lovely koi again from him this year.

We then visited the Koi show, many amazing koi on display but it was the tategoi champion Kohaku that impressed both Ben and myself the most – this has also been posted on our facebook page today.

We completed our day selecting some very interesting and well priced showa from Igarashi – please view these as they have great potential.
Enjoy your Sunday afternoon relaxing and selecting super koi!! we still have some of our best purchases available from earlier emails, so if you have some spare time take a look back at these.

Thanks for your support and interest during our trip so far.

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on Monday – 0208 337 3337


KWG in Japan 2018 Day 5

Posted on by Helen

Konban Wa,

After finally getting a good nights sleep (well 4.5 hours) we continued our tour of the mountains – a further 14 breeders were viewed and harvest information taken during the course of the day.

At this time of year show vats pop up all over the mountains and smaller breeders have spot sales to sell the small quantities of koi they have produced.
We like to view some of these as we can gain important information on both new breeders and what existing suppliers may have. Often such stocks are limited and we can not purchase if the breeder is not a Shinkokai registered member.

Many of the breeders are preparing for a Koi Show this weekend and still busy harvesting mud ponds. One small breeder we stopped at was being assisted in final, very severe selection of his tosai. When I enquired when he was harvesting his nisai (2 year) he advised “Monday, but i only produced 17 koi” a full years production !!

Our customers went “Goshiki crazy” when yesterdays email was sent 2 x gin rin goshiki were requested five times in the first hour! A stunning koromo also had 4 requests in the same time, so we thought we would go and find you some more.

AOKI produces some really amazing koi and is famous for his goshiki and hikari mono. We found some nice nisai here and some really unusual koi include very rare metalic goshiki – Beni ginga and metalic kumonryu – Gin kikokuryu.

We then moved on to SAKAMAKI and had a very successful visit purchasing some very high quality Gosanke varieties and some lovely Gin Rin Goshiki. We also picked up few more koi at KASE to complete the boxes purchased earlier – please see super quality showa on our facebook page.

We ended our day early at Kansuke (very famous kohaku breeder) but the heavens opened, the sky went black and our farm day was over, hence the email is a little earlier than usual.
Enjoy the photos, and sorry again to everyone that was left disappointed yesterday when your chosen koi had already been reserved.

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call the Office on Monday – 0208 337 3337


Japan 2018 – Day 4

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Helen

Hi All,

Last night we had an incredibly interesting Diner with Suda san now 80 years old and a breeder since the 60s, he was the original producer of Hirenga. Although not an English speaker we managed a conversation in some detail about several topics including the initial longfin production and the 53cm kohaku that won the Shinkokai show 50 years ago – 50% of the proceeds of its sale to a Japanese hobbiest was used to buy 75 acres of land the farm partially uses today!! What was interesting and fully understandable was his disgust at the current cutting by breeders and that he felt his most enjoyable years were the early pioneering ones which included increasing the growth potential of koi and the eventual sale of a 108cm Hi Utsuri to a USA customer over 30 years ago, I’m sure I remember that koi from my first visit to his farm.

Now onto todays beautiful sunny day in the mountains, we visited twenty Breeders in Yamakoshi, Mushigame and Nagaoka although we purchased from several breeders over the course of the day, we were really finding out harvest information to allow us to plan the next week and ensure we meet all harvests of interest. Igarashi Kazuto, Nageshima, Matsunosuke and Nogami stood out for the absolutely stunning jumbo Gosanke and the guided tour of Odakan by Maruboshi san who’s explanation regarding their All Japan Double Champion Kohaku and its unusual Hi growth was a great conclusion to our day.

Todays email includes some really high quality koi and tategoi up to 75cm, Im sure youll love the quality and many varieties available including several new and rare ones. Thank you again for your orders which should have been confirmed by us now, if not please send again ASAP.

Andrew & Ben

Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily photos & videos from the koi farms To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @ Koiwatergarden@gmail.com A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation To pay over the phone please call Helen in the Office on 0208 337 3337


Japan 2018 – Day 3

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Helen

We woke early to travel to the highest part of the mountains – OOFUCHI KOI FARM, by December this area will be under up to 4 meters of snow! We have been successful finding some great koi here over the last few years and today was particularly good. I will post some videos on FACEBOOK but I’m afraid these photos will follow on a later email as we have been invited out with breeders tonight and haven’t time – sorry, but these koi really are worth the wait – real show quality & tategoi.

WADA KOI FARM was our next stop to complete tosai Asagi and Yamabuki selection, once complete we popped into MURATA before moving on to TAKAHASHI. Where we selected some striking Doitsu, Kujaku and Showa – we will be returning again later in our trip.

We then selected some Nisai & Tosai selection at ISA, the Ki Utsuri were particularly good here but several unusual koi were also picked up.
Our farm visits were completed at SUDA KOI FARM – famous for Hirenga (long fin), showa and Gin Rin Showa, the light had now faded on what had been a glorious sunny day so we will return and select koi from his harvest later this week.

Thank you for all your orders yesterday, it was great to see so many of you appreciated the quality and value of the Hasegawa Kohaku. Enjoy todays photos

Andrew & Ben
Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily videos from the koi farms
To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation
To pay over the phone please call the Office on 0208 337 3337


KWG iin Japan Day 2

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Helen

Hi All,

I was awake and ready for a full day in the mountains at 4am this morning!! Unfortunately HASEGAWA san is now in his mid 70s and we had agreed an 8 oclock appointment to have the first selection of nisai jumbo kohaku.

We arrived on time but had to wait a while but we had already previewed the koi so new it was worth waiting for. As you will see although still a little flushed and showing a few worm marks from the harvest these KOHAKU have super jumbo bodies and are quite simply – stunning, be quick on these they wont last long.

After a quick coffee with Hasegawa and his wife we moved onto KASE where we met another harvest, KANEZO was our next stop some beautiful nisai Gin Rin Shiro Utsuri and tosai Showa and Ochiba Shigure were selected here. We then stopped at SUZUSEI but unfortunately could not find appropriate koi.

Our final stop was at WADA KOI FARM, Wada san is a young 3rd generation koi farmer although traditionally famous for Asagi he has been producing different varieties in last few years. Last year he created a NEW VARIETY – KIRIN. You could describe its looks as a fully scaled Harewake Matsuba but it really is quite striking.

Wada san bred a 96cm All Japan champion Purachina with a Beni Kujaku and was very successful on the first attempt, which is incredibly rare – usually it can take 3 to 10 years plus to achieved good results when trying to create a new variety. He told us the fry are black like showa as opposed to white like kujaku, that the fukurin reticulation appears well in second year and that the bright yellow improve very quickly once harvested into a concrete pond.

After long negotiation he let us select from the one small pond he has – we selected some of the more finished as-well as the unfinished type so if you want to own one of the very first KIRIN (meaning Giraffe but meant as in the beer – another story!!) in Europe this is your chance, again once gone there wont be any more available until next year at the earliest.

Enjoy the photos

Andrew & Ben
Please follow our FACEBOOK PAGE to see daily photos & videos from the koi farms
To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% deposit will be required to secure your reservation
To pay over the phone please call Helen in the Office on 0208 337 3337


2018 Day 1

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Helen

Konnichi Wa,

We arrived in Japan at 5am. Once we finally got through a very busy Haneda Airport in Tokyo, headed 2.5 hours north to Nagaoka, Niigata on the Shinkansen.

On arrival we went straight to KASE who we’d heard was returning with a new harvest. Kase has used Dainichi x Sekiguchi parents for several years now and is producing some stunning Showa. We selected Showa and Shiro Utsuri amongst other varieties before moving on.

We then proceeded to IKARASHI, SUDA and HASEGAWA, who had also just completed his final harvests of nisai & sansai. We have purchase Hasegawa kohaku for nearly 30 years, although now well into their 70’s they continue to produce top quality pure bloodline nishikigoi. After making arrangements to return we moved on. We had now been awake for 24 hours and it was only 1pm!!

We like to have a quick tour the first couple of days to touch base with the breeders and find out the harvest schedule for the next couple of weeks, however if we find superb koi a good price we will always buy them.

We dropped in on KAWAKAME, ISA, SAKASUME, MARUHIRO, MARUHIDE & SHINODA before finding some super Hikarimono at MARUSAKA, as always his koi had incredible lustre.

We spent some time selecting here and it was now gone 4pm and the light had brought our day in the mountains to an end. Please enjoy our first purchases.

PS, We apologise to our FACEBOOK followers who have read some of our news already, but recommend you ALL follow our trip on facebook as-well, as this allows us to post some great video footage

Andrew & Ben
To reserve any of these koi please email us in Japan @
Koiwatergarden@gmail.com
A 25% Deposit will be required to secure your reservation;
Please call the Office on 0208 337 3337


Japan Harvest 2018

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Helen

JAPAN AUTUMN KOI HARVEST 2018

We hope that you are keeping well and your Koi have grown well benefiting from the incredibly hot summer we have just experienced.

As you may already know, we are off to Japan for our Autumn Harvest buying trip on the 14th October 2018. We have extended this year’s visit until the 2nd November 2018.

We will be visiting over 50 breeders during our stay, many of which I have personally known for nearly 30 years. These 2 weeks are the first of the harvest and we will be meeting freshly harvested Koi daily, giving us the opportunity to purchase the very best Nishikigoi available.

We will be emailing daily updates as usual, these will feature priced photographs of all our purchases that day. Please reserve any fish of interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Approximately 90% of Koi chosen from last year’s daily email were purchased, only 10% of customers decided to transfer their deposit to an alternative Koi when viewing the fish at our quarantine facility in the Spring.

Please contact us at the above if there are any Koi in particular that you are looking for, whether it’s something unusual or High Quality Go Sanke. Please remember, that although the fish will be arriving in early November, all Koi will be fully quarantined for 5 months over the winter and ready for collection in April 2019 as the weather warms up.

We are now finding WhatsApp the best way to forward video’s and photo’s whilst in the mountains, please advise if you have WhatsApp on your phone.

We look forward to hearing your requirements before our departure.

Andrew & Ben
Koi Water Gardens Ltd


Annual Pond Clean

Posted on August 14, 2018 by Helen

Does your pond require cleaning?

Full Annual pond clean FROM £275.00 + VAT

(Quoted price includes Vat & Equipment hire, Dechlor Filter Start. Price excludes Repots, UV bulb, Blanketweed treatment etc)

Whilst we are cleaning your pond we can carry out the following;

• Remove fish into a temporary aerated & covered holding pond
• Totally drain pond
• Jet wash pond and waterfall removing all algae and debris
• Clean and service pond pump
• Clean and service UV light and change bulb (If not changed in the last 6 months)
• Re-pot and trim all marginal plants and lily’s
• Add appropriate dechlorinator, filter bacterial treatments
• Treat pond for blanketweed (only if required)
• Inspect fish health prior to returning fish

Please email @ koiwatergarden@btconnect.com or call us on 0208-337-3337 so we can provide you with a quotation for your pond and arrange a mutually convenient appointment for us to carry out your pond clean.

Alternatively, if you do not require a full pond clean this year; why not book in a maintenance visit instead? We will then carry out the filter and pump clean and service, UV bulb change, pond vacuum etc. This will be charged at £99.00 + VAT per hour for 2 aquarists. Most visits take around an hour but you can discuss this in more detail at the time of booking your appointment. (If a 1 hour maximum visit is required please request this when booking your appointment. Additional time will be charged on a pro rata basis)

We can also take the opportunity to advise you on heron deterrents, low running cost and maintenance pumps, filter upgrade/ improvements and on-going blanketweed treatments if you desire.

If possible, can you email a picture of your pond to us at koiwatergarden@btconnect.com as this will assist us when providing you with a personal quotation.

We look forward to hearing from you.