Today I have visited Isawa Nishikigoi Center, established by the famous Toshio Sakai. Although you do not hear a lot from the farm anymore, you should know that his influence in the Koi history is very big. His Matsunosuke bloodline with the crossbreeding of Magoi has resulted in massive improvements of growth and resistance of the Nishikigoi currently produced. Read More
When you think of a Goromo, you’ll probably instantly have the name Sakazume on your lips. And with right, since he produces truly magnificent specimens. Still there are few breeders that are known for their Goromo breeding, which is a notable fact. Is the variety not that popular then? I looked around at the Sakazume Koi Farm and captured a beautiful animal on video. Watch and judge for yourself! Read More
To give you a slight impression of another impressive Koi farm in Niigata this blog is about the Marusei Koi Farm, also known as Hirasawa. Normally you don’t hear the greatest stories about the quality of his Koi, however, this is only partly true! Marusei produces enormous amounts of Koi, including many high quality fish. Read More
The past couple of days I visited many Koi farms in the Niigata area. One of them was Teradomari Koi Farm. The people that know this name will definitely link it to the master of the Ginrin Kohaku. And that’s exactly what he is! The winner of many Best in Variety awards on the All Japan Koi Show recently received some high-pitched Dutch Koi people. Read More
Taro Kataoka in typische pose
Taro Kataoka, a big personality in the Koi scene of the Niigata prefecture. He is known as one of the best Koi auction masters, is very involved in the Koi related activities and also very active with tsunotsuki (comparable with sumo for bulls). He is also a Koi breeder by the way, and not that unknown either. Read More
The villa on the farm...
The Yoshikigoi Farm, formerly known as the Tessa Koi Farm, situated in Poland exists for just five years. But what they have achieved so far, is really impressive. On the previous Holland Koi Show they have won Most Unique Koi and Senior Tategoi with their own bred Koi. Their future plans are even more interesting…
Some of the 6.500 tosai at the farm
It has been almost 2,5 years since I was here for the last time. Together with Tiebo, I was invited by Jos and Ernst to come have a look on their farm in Poland. And now I am back again. What a major difference!
ブラム means buramu, referring to Bram
Watashi wa kowaisugiru! It might be due to the background noise in the greenhouse, due to his bad ears, but probably because of my Japanese: I tried to say I was to frightening for the Sanke. Not just a Sanke, it’s my Sanke! A gift from one of my best friends in Japan, Hirata-san!
It was beautiful weather during the harvest of Rokutanbu
Looking back on the video footage I made during my stay in Japan this year, I found out that I did not yet posted about Rokutanbu. Rokutanbu is the name of one of the main ponds at Dainichi Koi Farm. This year, 46 pieces of jumbo azukarigoi (Koi from hobbiysts and dealers which are kept at the farm) of 75cm+ were kept in here. Please check out the video and pictures which were taken preliminary and during the ikeage! Read More
Yasuaki Kaneko releasing Shiro Utsuri tategoi
He speaks very understandable English. Together with my standard knowledge of the Japanese language (and the help of his wife) we could perform a very interesting and educative interview. Yasuaki-san learned English by following private lesson together with Toshikatsu Marusada (Marusada Koi Farm), Daisuke Yagenji (Yagenji Koi Farm), teached by Fujio Oomo (Oomo Koi Farm/NND), around ten years ago. From the age of fourteen Yasuaki-san helped his father during the breeding season (June until September/October). Not fulltime, because he was still a junior high school student, but mainly before school started! At 5.00h in the morning he had to help his father to pull the ponds, netting the young koi which were born in spring, so Komei-san (his father) could perform the senbetsu (culling). At 7.30h, Yasuaki-san changed his working outfit for his junior high school clothes and spends the rest of the day in the lecture room. Read More and learn more about this master of Kujaku! Read More