I will be present at the open doors at l’Oasis in France this weekend (7 and 8 December). Last year we were at this event where Bram gave a seminar about the quality of fish and the production of Koi at Dainichi Koi farm. This year I will show you the reproduction and the senbetsu in Marudo Koi farm, where I conducted a two month internship this Summer. Under the guidance of many pictures and videos I will make you familiar with the Japanese way of Koi breeding. Read More
On the recent Dainichi Koi Farm auction the highest bid was one of 21 million (21.000.000!) Yen for a Showa referred to as ‘Special 01′. It was Ryuki Narita that equals his previous world record auction bid at Sakai Fish Farm. Basically he spend around €150.000,- or $205.000,- for one Koi. Crazy, isn’t it? Continue reading to try to understand why world’s most famous Koi dealer spend such a serious amount of money on one Nishikigoi. Read More
When you think I gave you wrong expectations of the auctions that were recently held with my previous blog, you now know I wasn’t! Where the previous auction records were 11 million (Dainichi Kohaku in 2011), 13 million (Sakai Fish Farm Sanke in 2011) and since today the most expensive auction Koi is bought for an astonishing 21 million (!) Yen. In Euro, this is approximately €160.000,- and in US dollars around $215.000,-! Crazy, isn’t it?
The 21 million Yen Sakai Fish Farm Sanke – No. 107
The big three are starting up the season again with their famous Koi auctions. Momotaro, Sakai Fish Farm and Dainichi Koi Farm will held their auctions at respectively 1, 3 and 7 October. When you are looking for a spectacular Koi and have some deep pockets, you should not let this chance to buy some high potential Koi pass by. Have a look at some of the special Koi that are offered in this blog. Read More
For the ones who didn’t notice yet: The Dainichi Koi Farm has a new website. Compared to the previous one it is less detailed and unfortunately also less informative. Fortunately it is up-to-date again with a nice overview of most of the parent Koi currently used. The best new feature though is called ‘Memories of Dainchi’. Read More
Within a short time you will be able to say goodbye to the current website of KoiQuestion. Don’t worry, we will stay active, but only through a new lay-out of the website. With this new website we have taken all positive criticism from the past period into account and blended it into a new and innovative website. Without making it too exciting, we are giving the website a bit more functionality that support the goal of our initiative. Read More
You might got to know it already, but if not: I have just moved to Denmark to start my journey in the world of land-based salmon production. Obviously, producing Atlantic salmon is something completely different than Koi, but don’t be surprised about the many similarities either. The main difference is that salmon is produced as a food source, Koi for joy. And although I have a background in aquaculture with my studies, there’s still a lot more to explore and learn in the world of fish production. Read More
When you follow the news around the Japanese Koi shows a bit, you most probably heard his name before. Nobuo Takigawa was the successor of Masao Kato and was president of the Zen Nippon Airinkai, the Koi hobbyists association, since the year 2008. After his retirement in the year 2011, he was honored to stay honorary chairman and was always present at the ZNA award ceremonies. Unfortunately he lost the battle to Parkinson disease on 26 August 2013 at the age of 86. Read More
Today I have been together with Antheny to attend a Koi auction in Ojiya. It was the first time for both of us to visit one and we were quite excited to see what it could be. We arrived around 1 pm, just in time for the start of the auction. Ryu Mano of Izumiya Koi Farm welcomed us and offered a place on the first floor to get a good overview.
It was super crowded at the opening weekend at the new shop of Kim’s Koi. At the time of my arrival it was impossible to get through the audience, because everybody was well on time to had a look in the shop. But nobody could enter the shop before it would have been officially opened by Hisashi Hirasawa (Marudo) and Kim from Kim’s Koi. Read More