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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.


Day 12 – Part 1 Japan 2017

Posted on November 6, 2017 by Helen

We have now commenced our return journey back to the UK via Tokyo.

We have purchased far more koi than last year. Looking through the photo books its clear that a lot of superb fish are still available as we would expect. The emails have come thick and fast over the last 11 days and many customers hold back initially and many great koi are missed.

Over the weekend we will continue to send emails of mixed very high quality fish, please take a look these mixed emails will look very impressive.

Please remember that we are here to assist if you are undecided between several koi – Ask our opinion and we will advise you to help make your decision. I strongly recommend you select koi now rather than waiting until quarantine is complete in the spring. The vast majority of customers are more than satisfied with their initial choice and remember, even if you see another koi your prefer in the spring you can just move your deposit without loss. Which is much better than seeing your initial selection and it already being reserved by somebody else!

The next email will contain Sansai to Jumbo koi only (50-85cm – 3-6 year old)

We will continue to confirm all orders but this may take a little longer whilst we are travelling

Have a great weekend

Andrew & Ben


Day 11 – Japan 2017

Posted on by Helen

We left our hotel and travelled directly to Takahashi to meet his harvest. 

We had already purchased koi from him earlier in the trip but could not resist selecting some more of these newly harvested beautiful Beni Kumonryu, Doitsu Kohaku, Doitsu Sanke,  Doitsu Showa and Kujaku.

We then finally got an appointment at Hirashin, who is famous for Brown chagoi, however it was his bright yellow KIN MATSUBA that we had spotted earlier in the week that we were after. We haven’t had this variety in around 10 years. Happy with our selection that also included a lovely Mizuho and Hi Utsuri we moved on.

Dainichi, Hoshikin and Nogami were also visited and the breathtaking size and quality Nishikigoi at these farms is always a joy to see.

This years All Japan Koi Show champion was spotted in one pond at Dainichi. This years entries in another and the £300’000 Kohaku sold last week was also still at the farm. 
Trickle towers had been fitted to the main koi house which is interesting as were currently fitting our own trickle towers to fish houses 1, 2 and the new fish house 6 at our quarantine site

We are returning to Tokyo later and hope you have enjoyed our daily emails. 

We will be sending a few more emails over the next week once we have a chance to view all new koi and see what stunning fish have been missed!!

If you are still looking and not made/can’t make a decision yet, please email details of what koi you are looking for and we will send you the best available koi in that particular variety. 

Its better to reserve now than be disappointed in the spring. Remember if you prefer another koi when viewing at the quarantine in March/April you can simply move your deposit without loss.

Thank you for your orders to date

Andrew & Ben


Day 10 Japan 2017

Posted on November 2, 2017 by Helen

We started our 10th day in the mountains viewing another small Tsuna harvest.

As we have now purchased the majority of our koi we are only looking to cherry pick the best available fish.
At Tsuna we manage to select two stunning deep red Beni Kujaku and a superb National show quality Kin Ki Utsuri along with several other very nice fish.

Our next stop was a Yagenji harvest – wow what a Showa!! Just look at the photo of this amazing koi !

We also purchased some beatiful kikusui and another tategoi showa here.

High Quality kikusui were also purchased at Nagashima, famous for showa and Shiro Utsuri, but now breeding very nice kikusui and kohaku aswell

The rest of the day was spent selecting Tosai at various farms. We calculate we sorted through a total of around 13,000 tosai to select around 400 super baby koi in total. We haven’t got time to process those photos tonight but they will follow tomorrow.

Tomorrow we have a harvest visit to the Koide area to look forward to.

Enjoy the photos and please email us in Japan and copy the office in, to ensure we receive your orders immediately

Andrew & Ben


Day 9 – Japan 2017

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Helen

It is now 11 days since we departed from Heathrow and our buying continues. 

I originally thought we may return to Tokyo and spend the last couple of days site seeing….No chance. I’m writing these notes past midnight in an Izakaiya (japanese style bar/restaurant)  that we’ve converted a corner into our office for the night rather than our cramped hotel rooms.

Today was Marusei day. Owned by the  Hirasawa family – A massive farm of near 400 Mud ponds & lakes possibly over 20 fish houses (nobody actuslly knows the number as they are hidden all over the place!) 

Nisai (2year old) stocks total 300’000 koi. A few years ago I asked if they had any tosai (1 year) kujaku, we jumped into a truck (without doors) and drove up the mountain to a koi house with 35’000 Kujaku! They also have a  huge number of staff totalling 5, yes only 5 all working 100 hours a week!!

We selected some stunning Jumbo koi and nisai here before moving on several hours later.

Suda was completing his last harvest so we met him on his return and selected some nice koi.

The remainder of the day was spent driving around the mountains looking for koi still not found and making arrangement for our last few days.

We finished the day at Marudo Koi Farm who has just who BOTH the Nagaoka and Nogyosai koi shows. This is no mean feat considering that there is around 200 breeders in this area.  

We were privileged to be taken into the champion koi house and seen these amazing koi again. The Nogyosai champion kohaku is 97cm in length.

Thanks for all your orders yesterday, sorry it took longer than usual to confirm. This was due to an early start and late finish on the farms.

Andrew & Ben

 


Day 8 – Japan 2017

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Helen

We had arranged to select Tosai (1 year) at Sakasume early this morning. 

When a price was finally agreed, we set about going through 13 tosai ponds. We selected around 150 High Grade koi of around 6″ in length. Some really unusual and unique koi were amongst these including Doitsu Shiro Utsuri, Showa & Hi Utsuri,  Gin Matsuba, Hageshiro and Tancho. On completion we purchased some great nisai before moving on.

Our next stop was the annual Niigata Breeders Auction. This event involves over 50 of Niigata’s best breeders, who all Auction up to 5 koi each. In recent years the Far Eastern customers have dominated the buying along with several of Japan’s top dealers, today was no exception.

I was surprised that so many single coloured koi reached very high prices. A 80cm Benigoi reached over £20’000-00, whilst a 16″ Gin Rin Ochiba was also sold near to £10’000-00 !! Although we were unable to buy, we still enjoyed viewing the superb koi for sale.

We visited several other breeders in the afternoon and concluded the buying at Yamazaki Koi Farm. We purchased some good Ochiba and single coloured varieties at prices slightly less than the auction!!

By 4.00pm the light is insufficient to buy koi, so we took the opportunity to visit the koi breeders accessories store near Marudo and came away with a large box of nets, jumbo bags & covers that will fill the majority of our extra suitcase.

I’ve posted some of the Auction pictures on our Facebook page – please take a look as its quite interesting

Enjoy todays purchase photos and if you are looking for tosai be quick! Baby koi of this grade are very difficult to find and these will sell very quickly.

Andrew & Ben

 

 


Day 7 Japan 2017

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Helen

A typhoon is currently passing the area so it has been very wet and windy in the mountains today. 

Today our aim was to concentrate on purchasing Shiro Utsuri. For several years, we have purchased the majority of our Shiro Utsuri from Kaneko. Kaneko’s bloodline stretches back for over 50 years. The fish have good body shapes and the sumi comes out really well in UK water, they rarely get secondary red but most importantly they have yuki hada. (Snow white skin) Today was no exception, we successfully purchased many Shiro Utsuri along with some very nice Doitsu Ochiba, Tancho Showa and Kawarimono. 

We continued on our route stopping at various breeders, including Shinoda, Hiroi, Kansuke, Isa and Sakasume before concluding the day at Igarashi Kazuto where we also purchased several koi from this very famous bloodline. 

We returned to see the arrival of a jumbo harvest at Marusei and will be returning in a few days with the intention of  purchasing some of these fish. 

We have now persuaded several breeders to let us select their High Grade Tosai later on in the week and now are confident that we will be able to get some beautiful high grade baby koi in more unusual varieties such as:- Beni Kumonryu, Doitsu Showa, Gin Rin Ochiba, Doitsu Shirt Utsuri and Showa.

Thank you for yours orders. You should have all received confirmation of these by now. Please contact Helen at the shop to pay the appropriate deposits.

Kind Regards,

 

Andrew & Ben 

 


Day 6 Japan 2017

Posted on by Helen

Day 6 Of our trip started at the Nogyosai Koi Show.

In the early days the Grand Champion of this show would nearly always go on to win The All Japan Koi show in Tokyo. This is no longer the case but there were many stunning koi on display.

I was really pleased to bump into Kamihata san for the first time in over 25 years, she is now the owner of Hikari fish food and her family looked after me extremely well when I lived on Kamihata fish farm in 1988. I asked her to pass my regards to her father, and we then left the show.

We proceed to Sakemaki for the first selection of his nisai that we had prearranged yesterday.

As you can see from the photos below many Show class koi were purchased along with some really unique koi and Tategoi (koi with highest potential). Although these koi are higher in price this is also clearly reflected in the quality

Our next purchases were at Choguro – the farm produces simply the Purachina variety better than any other farm in the world. We have some nisai (2 year) and will be returning for tosai later in the trip. If your looking for a purachina – order one of these.

We concluded our day at Ikarashi and selected some lovely bright Yamabuki Ogon, Ai/Budo Goromo and brown type Ochiba Shigure here.

Thanks for all your interest in our visit and daily emails

 

Andrew & Ben

 


Day 5 Japan 2017

Posted on by Helen

The Nogyosai Koi Show started today and due to breeders participation we had arrange only a few appointments.

We started at Sakamaki who was also at the show but agreed to return for us. Sakamaki is always reluctant to let you select through his nisai pond that includes his tategoi but as we have learnt from past experience if you persist you eventually can work him down! Tomorrow morning we will be selecting from this pond.

Kazehiro san was our next port of call, a really nice guy who appreciates your custom and tries to accommodate our requirements.

Our selection included some very good Doitsu Ochiba and we may return later to select some tosai (1 year old).

We then stopped at several koi sales vats set up along the road side and met several breeders like Suzuki & Takanno who are slowing down, and as such have sold several mud ponds to other breedes recently.

On my first visit 30 years ago with Kamihata to buy Parent koi for his farm, I recall Suzuki giving me a Doitsu Showa, he was one of the young generation in those days – and so was I !!!!

Our last call was at Yamazaki where we selected some Hirenga – Long Fin Koi as several good customers have requested these. We managed to get some lovely unusual varieties of Hirenga koi.

We returned to our hotel via the best Ramen (noodle) Bar and then the photo shop.

We will be attending the show first thing and will post some photos on Facebook tomorrow.

Thank you for your orders yesterday.

Andrew & Ben

 


Day 4 Japan 2017

Posted on by Helen

The Koide area that includes Takahashi Koi Farm, Kobayashi, Wada and Murata was our destination first thing this morning.

It is around 45 minutes from our Hotel in Ojiya and we try to make the trip twice to coincide with the breeders Harvests.

We were happy with our purchases and have arranged to return to more harvests over the weekend.

We visited various other breeders including Suda, Hiroi & Takanno before finishing at Aoki.

We viewed some beautiful Goshiki here, which are generally in very short supply this year. After completing todays visit we arranged to meet a harvest in the morning which due to the Nogyosai koi show this weekend, are few and far between.

We intend to finish earlier tomorrow to give us a chance to take in the show and catch up with our photos and paperwork!

We will take some photographs of the show and post on our facebook page over the next couple of days.

Enjoy the weekend

Andrew & Ben

 


Day 3 – Japan 2017

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Helen

A beautiful warm sunny day welcomed us to the mountains this morning.

We made Kase our first call. Kase has been famous for the stunning lustre on his Metallic koi for many years, however a few years ago he switched a large percentage of his production to Showa and Shiro Utsuri. The risk has certainly paid off and although he still produces High quality lustre Hikarimono, the quality he has achieved from his Dainichi x Sekiguchi bloodline cross in such a short time is incredible.


We purchased some beautiful koi with massive potential here, please take your time and enjoy viewing the photos.

A total of twelve other breeders were visited today! Including Aoki (who showed his brand new tategoi house – see photos), Ikarashi, Hiroi Conias, Yagenji & Torazo. We only purchased at our last call Sakai Matsunosuke. We have however made appointments to visit as new harvests arrive later on in our trip.
Sakai Matsunosuke is famous for producing the first Go-Sanke over 1 meter to win the Grand Champion at All Japan Show. We selected 4 Jumbo nisai (2 Year old) Tategoi Kohaku, these koi are around 45cm and have great potential to be not only Jumbo, but also very high quality.
If you have ordered any koi on our day 1 & 2 email, you should have received confirmation from us by now – If you have not then please email us again. 

 

We still have many stunning koi available from these first 2 days, so please take another look incase you missed that special koi the first time!

 

Please remember to view our Koi Water Garden Facebook page as we are posting videos and additional pictures of our trip on a regular basis.

 

Best Wishes

Andrew & Ben

 


Day 2 – Japan 2017

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Helen
We were up at 6.30am for an early appointment to attend the Oofuchi koi farm harvest which is a 30-40 minute drive from the hotel at the highest point in the mountains. As you will see from the photographs our visit was extremely successful. We purchased two stunning Jumbo Kohaku and a show stopping Kindai showa of similar size. Show quality Hikari mono and Budo Goromo were also selected at Oofuchi. Tsuna was our next farm and we took time to photograph our Kin Ki Utsuri that we purchased yesterday. The sumi (black) on this variety quickly turns to a sandy colour when placed in the blue koi bowls, so they generally prove very difficult to photograph. Further visits were made to Oyaji (Gin Matsuba), Kansuke (Kohaku), Suda (Hirenga, showa) and Marusaka before concluding todays tour at Marusei where we quickly said hello to Hirasawa san, who has unbelievable quantities of jumbo koi, I first purchased koi from him in 1994 and have done so on nearly every visit since.

We returned back to our hotel to complete the email a little earlier than last night (12.30 am & without dinner, sorry Ben!) Thank  you for all your orders and apologise to those of you that selected koi that had already sold (one Tosai Hasegawa Kohaku had 6 requests!!) High Quality koi are difficult to find and can sell very quickly, so I recommend that if you like it – reserve it,  we never find all the High Quality koi and varieties we require.

Enjoy the photos

Andrew & Ben


Day 1 – Japan 2017

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Helen

After yesterdays delays today was our first buying day in the Niigata mountains, we arrived at Hasegawa San at 8.00am in glorious sunshine, what a difference a day makes !

After yesterdays Typhoon Lan many local areas are on flood alert. Hasegawa san let us select some stunning Kohaku & Tancho Tosai from his Tategoi ponds.

We have purchased and grown on his Kohaku for 25 years and  they really flourish in our water and become a very deep red. These will most probably be the best Tosai Kohaku that we purchase on this trip so if interested please reserve quickly to avoid disappointment. We then proceeded Tsuna to view his Kin Ki Utsuri harvest. As we were a little early we dropped into Miyatora and Choguro en route.

Tsuna san had harvested some lovely examples of Kin Ki Utsuri which we quickly selected the best 6 and made arrangement to meet him for another harvest tomorrow. (Kin Ki Utsuri photos to follow tomorrow)  We quickly popped into Yamazaki prior to visiting Marusaka – the Hikari specialist. As expected Marusaka san had produced some stunning Doitsu Hariwake, Kikusui and Beni Kikokuryu. We netted the pond of around 400 nisai and purchased some of the best examples including some super Doitsu Hariwake, that from experience we know will develop into a beautiful bright golden colour.

Once we had photographed these koi we successfully negotiated a price on some sansai in these varieties which are always very hard to come by.

We again arranged to meet him on his next harvest as we left. Our last stop was to Maruhide, a Doitsu Gosanke specialist who also works at Isa Koi Farm – one of Japans top Showa bloodlines.

Here we cherry picked only 5 koi including a Tategoi Doitsu Showa that I’m looking forward to watching develop in the UK. The light failed at 4.00pm so we returned to our hotel to work on todays purchases email.

Andrew & Ben


Winter Opening Time Changes 2017

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Helen

WINTER OPENING TIMES

FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2017 UNTIL 28TH FEBRUARY 2018

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 2018 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


Andrew & Ben’s News

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Hi,

We eventually arrived in Ojiya, Niigata around 3-30pm – 24 hrs after leaving home this morning. Typhoon Lan had hit Tokyo and played havoc with our travel plans all day, including a 4 1/2hr flight delay. We eventually arrived to a sign advising us that 2 of our bags had been left in London, after completing the paperwork we turned to see them coming out last on the luggage belt !!we then hit the closure off the expressway in Tokyo which left us stranded in a taxi. However we eventually caught the Shinkansen to Nagaoka in the north. On arrival we dashed over to Hasegawa san, although it was now a little dark so we made arrangements to return and select some of his stunning Kohaku early tomorrow, we then had a coffee and a chat with Hasegawa San and his wife before leaving to check in at our usual hotel.

Please look out for our daily blog tomorrow!!!!

Andrew & Ben


Juwel Aquarium Offers – ending soon!

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Helen

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Packing and sending koi on 26th April 2017

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Helen

We’ve been up early this morning packing some of our customers’ koi.


30,000 Gallon Pond Build

Posted on September 21, 2017 by Helen

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Arrival of new koi on 19th April 2017

Posted on by Helen

Breaking news! We’ve had a shipment of 1 year old Tosai come in on Wednesday 19th. Womens Air Jordan 6 They all arrived in good condition and without any losses. nike air max 2017 femme rouge Quarantine procedure will commence next week,


Juwel Aquarium Offers – ending on 30/6/17

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Helen

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2017 Autumn Harvest trip to Japan

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Helen

We have now booked our 2017 Autumn Harvest trip to Japan.

Andrew & Ben will be heading to the mountains of Niigata on the 22nd October 2017 in search of high class Nishikigoi.

On our longest trip to date, new balance md 1500 homme we will be visiting Niigata’s finest breeders in search of the very best newly harvested Nisai, Nike Lebron Sansai and Yonsai of all varieties.

If there is any particular varieties of Koi that you would like us to keep an eye out for, New Balance Baratas or if you are looking for that special ‘one’, shaly.fr then make sure that you contact us to discuss your requirements.

You will be under no obligation to purchase, chaussures de foot adidas however you can reserve any Koi that take your fancy with a deposit – as in previous years.

Alternatively, nike tn pas cher if you would like to register your email address with us, Nike Air Max 2016 męskie you will get up to date photos of all Koi that we purchase on our trip, new balance 373 damskie bordowe as well as our daily blog which always makes a good read.

For those customers hat simply cannot decide what Koi that they want next,


Koi Water Garden Website Update

Posted on by Helen

We are in the process of updating our Japanese Koi section of the website in preparation for our 2017 Autumn Harvest trip to Japan.

We still have a beautiful selection of over 5000 fully quarantined Japanese Koi for sale throughout our two retail stores, New England Patriots Jerseys however these are no longer displayed on our website due to the Japanese koi pages going through a much needed update.

Please phone or email us if there is any fish in particular that you are looking for and we will do our best to source it for you in our current stocks,


2017 Early May Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Helen

EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

DATE: MORDEN STORE TOLWORTH STORE

Saturday 29th April 2017 9.00AM-5.30PM 9.00AM-5.00PM

Sunday 30th April 2017 10.00AM-4.00PM 10.00AM-4.00PM

Monday 1st May 2017 9.00AM-5.30PM 9.00AM-5.00PM

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A LOVELY BANK HOLIDAY. Soldes Chaussures Nike THANK YOU FOR YOUR CUSTOM.

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2017 Easter Opening Hours

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Helen

EASTER OPENING HOURS

DATE: MORDEN STORE TOLWORTH STORE

Friday 14th April 2017 9.00AM-5.30PM 9.00AM-5.00PM

Saturday 15th April 2017 9.00AM-5.30PM 9.00AM-5.00PM

Sunday 16th April 2017 10.00AM-4.00pm CLOSED

Monday 17th April 2017 9.00AM-5.30PM 9.00AM-5.00PM

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New KWG Trickle Towers have arrived

Posted on September 3, 2017 by Helen

New KWG Trickle towers have arrived as of last Friday

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ALL KOI ARE NOW ON OUR WEBSITE

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Helen

All koi have now been uploaded onto our website – please have a look and if there is anything of interest please call 0208 337 3337 to discuss.

 

 


Day 8 Japan 2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Helen

We started a little later to give us a chance to catch up with our email enquiries, orders and photo labelling. nike air max bw homme I now have several hundred photographs in 3 large albums. Maglie Phoenix Suns Its great to see them together and whats immediately apparent as i flicked through them is what an amazing selection of koi we have now purchased and that some of the best and most stunning koi remain unsold. air max pas cher I recommend you go through our previous emails or view on facebook as I’m sure you may have missed that special koi your looking for.


Our first farm today was Ikarashi Ozumi famous for Yamabuki Ogon and creating the Beni Kikokuryu. Nike Air Foamposite Ikarashi breeds a wide range of varieties and the current young shacho (owner) is now really improving the koi. We purchased a stunning show class Goshiki along with some very nice quality brown Ochiba , Goromo, Goshiki and his super Yamabuki. We also at last were able to pick up a KI GIRO (yellow and white Kohaku) this new variety was produced by the Government and the fry distributed to a few breeders two years ago. Julio Jones Alabama Football Jerseys This is only the third one we have ever found.


We then returned to Kase to view some newly harvested Shiro Utsuri, Showa, Doitsu Showa and Ochiba. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 We picked some good pattern Shiro Utsuri with excellent skin quality, and at last found some Doitsu Showa although the sumi is not finished I know from previous experience this will do so after a short while in the UK. nike air max 90 hombre After veiwing our previous purchases we said our goodbyes and moved onto our next appointment.


Marusei is the largest producer of koi in Japan, with nearly 300 mud ponds and lakes he has stocks of over 300’000 koi over 30 cm !!! With only a few staff, Yoshiyuki’s work load is rarely less than 16-18 hrs a day. AIR MAX 2016

It’s a convenient place to buy koi and we selected some very good koi from various ponds for several hours.


Day 7 Japan 2016

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Helen

We started the day viewing the new harvest at Yagenji koi farm, Saint Louis Billikens Jerseys which as ever looks stunning in the pristine fish house. Jordan Jumpman We successfully purchased some beautiful Showa, Charlotte Hornets

a very rare Aka Bekko and some very high class Kikusui that will be used as KWG Oyagoi.

We then proceeded to a small breeder called Aoki Masaki who breeds various varieties including Kuro Goshiki, nike air huarache femme pas cher Asagi and Aka Matsuba. Womens Air Jordan 5 His Kuro Goshiki have a deep red which contrasts from the dark grey skin. fjallraven kanken baratas However, Chuck Posite at 2 years old the Goshiki have a much lighter skin which soon darkens in the UK’s hard water.

After visting various breeders after this, we ended the day at Maruhiro. Air Max 2016 Mujer He recently won grand champion at the local show in the area. Colorado State Rams Jerseys Here we picked up various mixed koi including orenji ogon, Air Jordan 4 For Kids hi utsuri & Kwarimono.

Don’t forget to ‘Like” our Facebook page (Koi Water Garden) for videos and updates during our trip.


Day 6 Japan 2016

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Helen

Our aim today was Takahashi koi farm in the Koide area.

Takahashi san is known for showa and in recent years beni kumonryu, doitsu kohaku & sanke.

I have purchased his koi for 15 years as they do very well in our UK water and are a favourite of many of our customers.

On arrival Takahashi san was bringing in a nisai harvest and it was immediately apparent that many of the showa were more finished than usual. mochilas fjallraven kanken oferta I discussed this with takahashi and he was very surprised himself. Air Jordans For Kids The koi had been in a different mud pond to previous years and we both concluded the water chemistry is obviously slightly different. Bo Wallace – Ole Miss Rebels We noticed that the beni kunonryu and doitsu kohaku were particularly good this year. Air Jordan 9 Takahashi is always difficult to get prices out of, and he calls us “dangerous” he says we always take the best koi!

We netted our selection and although the koi were very good he was reasonable with the price and intelligent enough to realise with the pound down 35% we needed some help!! He did however say “poundo – this year only” when finally accepting our offer. Adidas Schoenen Verkoop Its nearly an hours return journey we stopped at Marusei to select some jumbo koi off Yoshiyuki san. Dallas Mavericks We purchased a few really high quality koi from the large ponds. Maglie Los Angeles Clippers These prices were reasonable considering the very high quality.

Purchasing large koi is always time consuming to negotiate price etc so as we left the light was already starting to go so we decided to return to our hotel and get on with the email. Tennis Nike France Thank you for all your orders yesterday.


Day 5 Japan

Posted on September 25, 2016 by Helen

We left our hotel in bright sunshine as we had made arrangements yesterday afternoon to view Marusaka (Hikarimono koi) latest harvest, sac a dos kanken unfortunately the ponds had turned cloudy when the new koi were added making it impossible to select our koi. fjällräven kånken Barn On our return this morning the ponds were better but not good enough to select from. Seton Hall Pirates Jerseys Marusaka agreed to fully net all 3 stock ponds so we could select. AIR PEGASUS 92-16 We purchase around 1 in 50 koi shown so as you will see from the photographs we have some excellent Doitsu Hikarimono.


It took some time to go through the pond and was raining when we left. Chaussure Adidas We moved onto chogoro – the worlds bestpurachina breeder! . Nike Air Max 2017 blanche Homme We only buy purachina from Chogoro san as experience has taught us that when you compare the purachina side by side chogoro koi are totally superior.
After we finished the purachina we moved onto his larger koi ponds and found a show class kujaku and two lovely Goshiki.


Day 4 Japan 2016

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Helen

A beautiful sunny morning greeted us in Niigata. Womens Air Jordan 5 We set off at 7.45am to Tsuna – an older breeder and very much a farmer! However his koi continue to improve. We purchased some very good nisai Doitsu Sanke, Beni Kujaku and Kin Ki Utsuri before moving on to the sansai. asics femme pas cher Have a good look at the Tsuna koi as they really are excellent.


Next up to the highest dealer in the mountains – Oofuchi. adidas chaussures homme He has many varieties and produces some super koi, unusually he will not sell nisai until the spring as they are not yet fully coloured up. ray ban pas cher We purchased several sansai of various varieties before moving on.
We then went to see a new harvest at Matsunosuke,
(Sanke), the skin was very poor, which can occur when koi are harvested however we were not happy to purchase at this stage. Aaron Rodgers Packers Jerseys So drove onto Yamazaki koi farm.


Yamazaki san can be a “funny character” – today we got him on a good day and he agreed to let us sort through 5000 10-15cm tategoi of mixed varieties. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Donna

If your looking for very high grade baby ochiba, gin rin ochiba, goshiki, hi utsuri, doitsu purachina, hikari mono or Karashigoi look carefully at todays photos – we pictured the best so they can be selected now.
We then went to one of the few breeders to win the All Japan koi show – Kansuke. Kansuke is a kohaku specialist. Chaussures Asics Femme Such bloodline koi are very expensive however we managed to eventually negotiate the purchase of 2 excellent sansai jumbo female Kohaku. nike free run 3.0 v4 damskie See our FACEBOOK page for video.
We ended the day by popping into sakasume who would not sell any of the baby Ki Giro – new yellow and white kohaku variety.


2016 Christmas Opening Hours

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Helen

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

BOTH OUR MORDEN AND TOLWORTH STORES WILL BE CLOSING AT 1.00PM ON CHRISTMAS EVE

WE ARE THEN “OFFICIALLY” CLOSED UNTIL 3rd JANUARY 2017. UA ClutchFit Drive 2 HOWEVER, Air Jordan 14 Homme

WE CHECK THE LIVESTOCK DAILY AND DURING THIS LIMITED TIME WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE ANY CUSTOMERS – SEE DETAILS BELOW

DATE: MORDEN STORE TOLWORTH STORE

24TH DECEMBER 2016 9.00AM-1.00PM 9.00AM-1.00PM

25TH DECEMBER 2016 CLOSED CLOSED

26TH DECEMBER 2016 CLOSED CLOSED

27TH DECEMBER 2016 10.00AM –10.30AM CLOSED

28TH DECEMBER 2016 10.00AM –10.30AM 10.00AM-10.30AM

29TH DECEMBER 2016 10.00AM –10.30AM 10.00AM-10.30AM

30TH DECEMBER 2016 10.00AM –10.30AM 10.00AM-10.30AM

31ST DECEMBER 2016 10.00AM –10.30AM CLOSED

1ST JANUARY 2017 CLOSED CLOSED

2ND JANUARY 2017 10.00AM-10.30AM 10.00AM-10.30AM

3rd JANUARY 2017 (OPEN AS USUAL) 9.00AM – 4.30PM 9.00AM – 4.00PM

WE WISH ALL OUR CUSTOMERS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CUSTOM THROUGHOUT 2016

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Christmas Opening Times

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Helen

The team at Koi Water Garden would like wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Please note that our opening times over Christmas will be as follows;

Both our stores will be closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve.

We are ‘officially’ closed until 2nd Jan 2016, Air Jordan 11 (XI) however we will be checking on our livestock daily and during this limited time we will be happy to serve any customers.

Morden Store – will be open from 10.00am – 10.30am on the 27th Dec until 31st Dec, Goedkoop Nike Air Max resuming normal hours on 2nd Jan 2016.

Tolworth Store – will be open from 11.00am – 11.30am on 28th Dec until 31st Dec,


Trip to Japan 2015

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Helen

Our Annual “Autumn Harvest” trip to Japan is very nearly upon us!!

Andrew will be selecting some of the best tategoi (koi with potential) show and high grade koi available from Nigata’s top breeders.

As our trip this year is at the height of the harvest Andrew will be visiting over 50 breeder’sfacilities as they bring in the koi from the lakes.

Andrew has been visiting many of the breeders since the end of the 1980’s and has built up strong relationships over the years. nike air max pas cher Some of the breeders reserve koi for Andrew’s first viewing and offer access to their tategoi ponds that are usually “sold”.

All koi will arrive in the UK in December and will then commence a minimum of 12 weeks triple heat cycled quarantine programme. Asics Gel Lyte 3 Femme Our quarantine facility meets the highest CEFAS regulations. adidas nmd rouge As well as KHV quarantine during this time they will also have any appropriate parasite and bacterial treatments. Scott Kazmir Jersey If you have previously purchased from us you will know thehealth of our koi, Air Jordan 11 (XI) once quarantined is second to none in the UK.

If you wish to reserve a High Quality Koi a 25% deposit will be required. You will be then invited to view your selected koi at our quarantine facility, sac fjallraven kanken if you are not 100% happy with your selection or prefer an alternative koi you can transfer your deposit without loss. Bo Wallace – Ole Miss Rebels A second deposit of 25% will be due in February 2016 and the remaining 50% payable on 1st April 2016 around this time the koi will be ready for collection as the weather improves

If you wish to receive daily emails of koi purchased whilst Andrew is in Japan please email koiwatergarden@btconnect.com you are also welcome to advise of any particular requirements you may have.


Andrew’s Japan Blog 19/11/2015

Posted on September 19, 2015 by Helen

We began the day at Kaneko Koi Farm.

Kaneko San started the koi business 62 years ago at 18. Canotte NCAA He is still always present at the farm but his son now runs the day to day operation of business. ffxiv gil He is famous for Beni Kujaku and Shiro Utsuri. At first we selected some nisai and then after this, netted his tosai Tategoi pond and selected through those. Women Air Jordan 9 I like the Shiro Utsuri that he produces from the old Marioi bloodline crossed with Omosaka and Ishihara. adidas superstar 360 dziecięce The skin is very white and the black finishes well in our water.

 

We moved onto Matsunosuke and viewed his “always impressive” koi houses. Andrew Luck I came possibly the closest I’ve ever come to swimming with koi here!!!!! Much to Bens amusement although some how my “dry record” remained in tact.

 

Our last purchasing call was to “Papa Hirasawa” of Marusei. New Balance 446 męskie An amazing story of possibly the wealthiest family in the Niigata koi business. Soldes Asics 2017 Hirasawa san has two sons, The younger, Maruhiro started his own farm 10 years ago. Zapatillas EQT SUPPORT ADV The musuko (eldest son) – Yoshiyuki took over from his father a few years back, works over 100 hours every week, and lives with his wife on the farm (a former factory quickly converted after the 2004 earthquake)..even sleeping on the floor!! He has over 350 mud ponds/lakes and very few staff.


Andrew’s Japan Blog 18/11/2015

Posted on September 18, 2015 by Helen

Today was “Sakamaki 1st Nisai Tategoi Selection Day” we travelled to Sakamaki early for our appointment with great expectation for several reasons; We had selected at his farm for several years and grown some of his koi on in the UK with great success, Scarpe Hogan we had spent much time the previous week persuading him to let us select his Tategoi ponds first and 2 weeks before he intended to release the koi, NMD

But mainly because we had seen the High Quality Koi in both his ponds!

I helped Sakamaki net the whole pond up, we set out the bowls and got to work. AIR MAX 2017 Around 20 stunning Kohaku & Showa were selected from the first pond, adidas gazelle damskie before we netted , Womens Nike Air Max 90

totally netted the second and began our selection. This pond had more varieties than the first, Maglia Larry Bird we collected some really good Gin Rin Varieties, College Jerseys Tancho and a few Ochiba. Adidas Superstar Donna

We then sexed the the and took around 85% Female from our initial selection. Jordan Eclipse I really recommend you purchase the Sakamaki Tategoi.

Once complete we move onto Ki Utsuri – always requested – never available variety!! Only 3 farms in Japan breed this variety all now located in the same street! We started at Otsuka and was initially un successful in negotiating, however after a quick conversation in Japanese discussing Doitsu Sanke i purchased from his Father 25 years ago! and how he intends to reintroduce this variety and bloodline next year, the price was suddenly dropped and we were able to buy some top quality Ki Utsuri !!

We returned to Maruhiro next to collect some more Ki Utsuri, Benigoi, Hi Utsuri and Chagoi. Then onto Marudo to selected Chagoi, new balance 530 online shop Doitsu Chagoi and Karashigoi.


Koi Sale

Posted on by Helen

Fantastic Sale now on –
Up to 75% off High Grade Japanese Koi !!!
Why not pop into either our Morden or Tolworth Stores and grab yourself a HUGE bargain!


Andrew’s Japan Blog 17/11/2015

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Helen

Yesterday was a long day! The email took until 11.30 pm to complete and send out. Canotte Memphis Grizzlies We have had great feed back from our customers and needed to get the sold koi organised, Air Max Pas Cher we therefore decided to have the 500 + koi photographs printed out for us to label tonight, this will enable us to answer your emails quickly and correctly.

Once This was done we proceeded to the Koide area, which is around 45 minutes from the hotel.
Takahashi San is famous Showa breeder but like many other specialist breeders, Boise State Broncos Jerseys has unfortunately diversified to many other varieties which allows them to create good mixes of koi – but personaly would much rather have higher numbers of tategoi (most potential) to select and get my “mixes” elsewhere. Xavier Musketeers Jerseys He greeted us in a good mood and we were quickly selecting some very nice koi from him.

We then returned to Wada (Asagi specailist) to select tosai (1 year). This 3rd generation breeder is hospitable and happily netted two ponds for us. Adidas ZX Flux Heren We selected Asagi, Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State Jerseys Gin Rin Asagi, Nike Air Max Thea Dames Sanke (Matsunosuke & Sakai bloodline) Aka Matsuba & Tancho. We then dropped in on Kobayashi but were not satisfied with the skin quality on his Shiro Utsuri and chose not to buy any.

Hiroi Conias was our next stop we purchased some good koi here including a 60cm Showa with stunning sumi quality. We finished the day at Yamazaki, Nike Air Max 90 Nero Uomo

we selected a good Gin Rin Hi Utsuri and Brown Chagoi here. Nike Air Max Thea Dames beige

We then made final arrangement for Tategoi selection at Sakamaki and returned to collect our 500 photographs!!

Please keep viewing past and present Daily Emails (1- 8) we have many absolutely stunning koi still unsold,


Andrew’s Japan Blog 16/11/2015

Posted on by Helen

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On every Trip to Japan some things never change, you need to be patient, often persistent, make good relations, be careful about burning bridges! And accept as koi production is influenced by nature, as well as humans every visit will be different from the last and there are no guarantees! Other than that, you will NOT collect all the koi you intended to !!!
By yesterday evening we had visited over 70 farms , NIKE TANJUN

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Tancho and even Kohaku were generally short in supply – today we concentrated our efforts in trying to resolve this problem.
We started the morning at Takanno, and found a few striking Goshiki and Gin Rin Goshiki and a very rare Gin Rin Budo Goromo. We then moved onto Hirashin and was amazed in the standard of the Goshiki, new balance buty startowe Hi Utsuri & Shusui we collected here (see videos on our facebook page)
As we moved to our next farm we notice Sakamaki was at his farm, we have purchased koi from him for several years but although we had visited several times he had been adamant that he would not sell from his two nisai Tategoi ponds until December. Indiana Pacers

Today we got both Father and son together and agreement was made for us to return to select both ponds first, as Sakamaki produces great Showa, Kohaku as well as other varieties this was great news.
We continued to tour, visiting Kaneko, AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 34

Hiroi, Nageshima (showa), kanken fjallraven france Igarashi (kohaku) then concluding the day at Marusei where we collected some unusual varieties.

Thank you to all customers that have ordered to date Helen will be sending confirmation invoice shortly – please CHECK all koi ordered are on this and codes are CORRECT.


Andrew’s Japan Blog 15/11/2015

Posted on September 16, 2015 by Helen

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A wet miserable day greeted us this morning. Air Jordan 8 Retro Unfortunately this means by 3pm the light went, where as on a bright day we can continue purchasing koi until gone 4pm.

 

We returned to Maruhiro first thing. Fjallraven Kanken Mini He is the second son of Hirasawa san of Marusei. Canotta Vancouver Grizzlies His father helped him start his own farm around 10 years ago. Stanford Cardinal Maruhiro breeds different varieties from his father and elder brother. Mens Nike Air Max 2017

He specialises in Kwarimono – unique koi. goedkoop nike air max 2017 We purchased some good examples of these including Benigoi, Ki Utsuri, Orenji Ogon and Gin Rin Hi Utsuri.

 

Marusaka koi farm was our next stop. NIKE AIR PRESTO Flyknit Ultra

The son took over from his father a few years ago and is really improving the koi. Tom Brady Michigan Jersey His Kikusui have incredible lustre and I think his Doitsu Sanke are really striking with deep sumi quality.


Andrew’s Japan Blog 14/11/2015

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Konnichi Wa,
We had the “usual” 7.00 am breakfast of egg, cabbage, salad, Jason Pierre-Paul Giants Jerseys pickles, Nike Air Max Tavas mizo (seaweed)soup, Nike Air Max Italia rice, fsh and green tea, before making the trip to Oofuchi at the highest point of the mountains.
Oofuchi san and his family are A traditional farming family and a little unusual! Its a farm that you seem to either have a wasted journey or make great purchases, luckily today was the latter. As you will see from the photos the koi purchased were superb. (Also take a look at the videos on Facebook!)

We then made our way to Kazehiro, Adidas sklep whom is a really nice guy and a breeder that I have purchased koi from for 5 years. new balance 577 grey green orange He really appreciates our business and today for the third year running once we had finished selecting larger koi,that included Doitsu Ochiba and Shiro Utsuri he let me net and select his Tategoi tosai (1 yr old koi). lunette de soleil ray ban pas cher Most breeders only want to sell such koi in box quantities to ensure lower grade koi are sold as well. new balance 1600 online store Today I selected around 1 in 50 fish as I went through 2 untouched ponds.

Tancho’s were next on our agenda, buy albion gold and only good bloodline female koi meet our criteria when selecting these – Kyutan was our destination and we succeeded in finding four jumbo nisai females of Sakai bloodline all with great marutens – job done

Our next stop was Wada koi farm – Asagi specialist for over 80 years and now run by the third generation. ADIDAS TEAM COURT

Wada Koi farm breed beautiful Asagi and over the last 5 years Gin Rin Asagi too. Ive had lots of Asagi orders this year and I’m sure those customers will be very pleased with our selected koi.

We concluded the day a little early as it has been dull and the light was getting poor – the fact we didn’t complete the daily email and eat until 11.30 pm last night,


Andrew’s Japan Blog 13/11/2015

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Another bright sunny day greeted us as we departed for the farms at 7.45am this morning. new balance 530 femme Although only 10’c in a sunny fish house this feels like 25’c. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Blanche We had decided to go “Doitsu-GoSanke,Showa and Yamabuki hunting”

Our first stop was Tsuna who we purchase from last year, we were pleasantly surprised not only did he have some stunning Doitsu Sanke but his Kujaku seem to have got much darker red and we manage to select some beautiful koi at really reasonable prices here.

Suda was our next stop, his father was the breeder that created Hirenga – long fin koi, although very popular in America they are not so sort after in the UK. adidas alphabounce damskie Origanally Suda’s father produced Ogon varieties and Hi Utsuri now however he has succeeded in breeding many other varieties. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren blauw We purchased some really nice examples from him. nike air max 1 noir Femme I have several customers chasing me for Hirenga I’m sure they will be very satisfied.

We then moved on to our appointment with Kase, he is quite a drive from the main mountains. new balance bordowe damskie allegro For many years Kase has been famous for his Hikari Mono with great lustre, however over the last few years he has reduced this production whilst increasing Showa and started breeding Shiro Utsuri with good results. ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST 2017

After lengthly negotiation we finally agreed the price on some of his high quality Showa, and then managed to select some really nice Doitsu Sanke and Doitsu Showa.

Ikarashi was our next stop he is quite near Kase. Nike Air Jordan Mujer This breeder along with Izumiya are the leading Yamabuki breeders in Japan.


New stock of High Grade Japanese Koi

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Helen

New Japanese Koi update!!!
Our last shipment of Japanese Koi are now fully quarantined and are being distributed between the Morden and Tolworth Stores on a weekly basis.


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