The snow continued falling all night and driving through the mountains today was going to be a challenge. First farm this morning was Oya Koi Farm a breeder famous for producing Sanke and Asagi , last April I purchased many Tategoi Tosai from here and was back again today to take a look at this years Tosai to be made available in a few months. As soon as we could find our way in!
Once inside the Tosai house the quality of the koi was superb , as with Marusei yesterday very frustrating not to be able to buy any Tategoi today , Oya koi farm have now started to produce Kohaku produced from a Nogami Kohaku and with another 30 mud ponds aquired in the past year this farm is certainly raising their production levels to produce more Show Quality Koi.
With the snow still falling it was a slow drive to Kaneko Koi Farm to individually select some very high quality Tosai Shiro Utsuri ,
Tosai Shiro Utsuri 15cm
60 Shiro's were purchased and many of these will be documented over the next few years to show their development , I have done this with Shiro's from Oishi and Uedera with some very good results that have been featured in Magazine Articles and on my Koi Development section. It is always interesting to see the different ways breeders Koi develop and Kaneko produces some of the best in Niigata.
A couple of boxes of Nisai were also bought but with the weather getting worse we needed to leave and the picture quality was not good and no time to video.
Nisai , 35cm to 40cm
Next stop was to Shinoda and Nogami before going to Nagaoka Station.
Matcho the middle son from Oya Koi Farm , wanted me to go to Nogami to see his stocks for this year and to discuss availablity of his Tosai. Visiting Niigata with a breeder is always a good way to keep up to date with whats happening and to know what koi can be made available and when. Timing is very important in Niigata and with the help of Matcho i will know when certain breeders Koi will be available. . As I have mentioned before I tend not to visit as many breeders as I can in Niigata , it is better for me to have a handful that I will always visit this will make it easier to bring back the High level Koi my customers demand.
A quick visit to Shinoda was followed by my visit to Nogami before making my way back to Nagaoka Station , it had been a very good few days in Niigata and a very enjoyable 6 day Koi hunting trip , not all the Koi purchased have been put on the blog as there are several more Koi for me to decide upon.
Combining this trip to my one in December there are over 300 Koi coming back to England From Hiroshima and Niigata in the next few weeks. I would like to thank everybody for e-mailing me during my trip and details we be sent to you regarding any Koi reserved.