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In Uncategorized on October 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

Clair and Ashleys blog says it all today –

In terms of the show, the grand champion was a Yagenji Sanke, 5 years old, owned by a customer in Holland.  It was a great fish, but we were all also taken with the Oomo Showa!

20th October 2012

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

Sorry – busy rushing off to the Nagaoka Show – hopefully get some pics and post later.  Then back down to Tokyo for flight home tomorrow.

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20th October 2012

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Sorry everyone – had a very busy day and am now shattered.  Will post pics tomorrow.  Alternatively have a look at Clair and Ashleys blog.

19th October 2012

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Another hectic day starting at the Champion Mud Pond high up above Yomogihira Village.  In the spring the snow stayed late causing the pond to warm up very slowly and it wasn’t until the 19th May that the water temperature reached 18 degrees at which stage 26 customers koi were introduced plus 9 NND fish.  After  a late start the months of June, July and August saw no rain causing the water levels to drop through evaporation and water temperatures to soar way over 30 c causing the koi’s appetite to reduce.  In spite of all this the growth rate was really good with most fish achieving 9-10cm growth with wonderful volume and condition.  The joy of seeing a big koi emerge into the sunlight from the murky water can’t help but lift your spirits.

Donald had a superb result from one of his koi that had been grown on and together with the other one both are being grown for another year.  Along the way I was fortunate to be able to select from the top Izumiya Yamabuki Ogons that had been grown by Makoto Tanaka.  He had kept the best 4 for me to select from and I just couldn’t resist.  These are coming home and are sure to sell quickly.

Clair was at it again with an exquisite Oomo Showa that wowed everyone – go girl go!

Wonder what tomorrow will bring?

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18th October 2012

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

What a day we had – starting up at Yozaimon with shockingly good Goshiki.  Clair bought a “bling bling” special.  This sandan gin rin is just divine with a cheeky blacknose to develop – a real class Koi.  I then just could not resist a subtle, oozing with potential, Gin Rin Showa that has so much promise for the future which I am bringing home to enjoy the slow rise of the sumi to the surface.

Mid morning we saw the return of the harvest from the Angel Fountain pond with some really serious Sanke and Showa up to 87cm.

Nogami had harvested the last of Donald’s Kohaku – a remarkable 74cm Inazuma.  I bought this when it was tosai and have grown if for 3 years.  It looks wonderful but is staying another year to put on more volume.  Donald had another couple growing with Nogami that have really produced the goods this summer and will go another summer season.  It is such a joy when grown on fish dont just match but wildly exceed your expectations – its also a massive relief!

Champion mud pond tomorrow.

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17th October 2012

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Travelled all around the mountains today with Ashley on a real spending spree and what a collection he assembled.  To make the most of the morning sun we took the cross country route up to Mushigame returning back past the Mount Kangurayama Observatory where there are awesome views across the Shinano River from Ojiya right up to Nagaoka – breathtaking.  I then rediscovered a very peaceful and serene temple which gave a really nice balance.

Rain started this afternoon and is set to carry on in the morning affecting the harvesting schedule.   I am sure I will manage to

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show you some crackers on the blog tomorrow evening.

16th October 2012

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

The pictures speak for themselves!

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I’m back

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Had a great journey over and up into the mountains by 3pm where we caught the last of a sansai harvest of some superb Gosanke  at Kaki Machi. There were also two amazing Izumiya Yamabuki Ogon at 63cm that stole the breath from your throat – it’s great to have that trembling feeling back!

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