Sunday, 31 October 2010

Not A Bad First Day

Slept right through till 7 am, which I have to say has got to be a first and better than Brian (customer) who was up from 1.30 am staring at the ceiling. Adjusting your body clock after a Japan flight is somewhat difficult and normaly takes a couple days to adjust. I think I just got lucky!

After breakfast we headed off to NND Takiya facility to have a good look at customers grown on koi, also a quick look at there new Fish House for growing on Tosai to Nisai. Very impressive.

Kaneko was next stop where we managed to find a couple of wonderful Shiro Utsuri, these had just been harvested 1 hour before and I have to say looked in great condition. Its always nice catching up with Yasawaki San, hes a real character and has a great sence of humour.

From there up to Marusho Koi Farm to see if we can find anything, Makoto San wasnt around but Mrs Tanaka (Makato's mum) was around so we enjoyed coffee, lovely lady and always looks after us. A few koi penciled in to come back to.
Next stop was Yagenji Koi Farm, the brothers were their usual busy selfs, they had just harvested and we managed a couple of boxes, some superb Tancho and Tancho Sanke, with whites to die for, the Showa were also very good. Lots of koi available, with another couple of High grade koi harvests to still come in from Yagenji later in the week. Topped up on the coffee again and ran out of light so back to the Hotel.

Other Koi Farms visited today were Nagashima in Mushigame, Hirasawa and Yoshinori Tanaka, nothing bought, but some more exciting harvests still to do at these facilties!

Lets see what tomorrow brings !

Saturday, 30 October 2010

We Are Now In Japan

We are now in Japan until 11 th November, we will be updating our blog and website with new koi bought on the trip.
Koi Hunting Oct 2010

24 hours after leaving the Uk, we finaly checked in to the Nagaoka Grand, which will be home for the next 2 weeks.

A quick shower, grab the hire car and off to the koi show, where Isa wins 2010 Niigata Nogyosai Grand Champion.

The light was very poor by the time we got there so no images sorry, but heres one compliments of She is now 7 years old and 86cm.

Got back to the hotel at around 6.00 pm, arranged to meet the rest of our group at 6.30 pm for a bite to eat and a few beers.

11.00 pm Japan Time, off to bed ready for a busy day tomorrow!