It only feels like I've been home two minutes and already I am making the final preparations for our first Japan trip of 2020. On January 30th, we make our way to Tokyo for the 51st All Japan Koi Show and 1st buying trip of 2020. If you would like to join us on this trip of a lifetime, read more and get in touch.
As usual at a Niigata koi show, the weather has been awful. As I approached the show, the weather was changing, at I passed through Echigo Yuzawa, some 70km south of Niigata it as sunny, and dry. At Koide, the sun had gone and now clouds. By Ojiya it was clear the chance of rain was high. I pulled in the car park of the koi show with the windscreen wipers on!
This trip was very last minute, but I couldn’t miss the chance to see the 50th All Japan Nishikigoi Show, which promised to be one of the biggest ever. Normally housed in one hall of the Tokyo Ryutsu Centre (think Earls Court/NEC type venue), this year the event was staged in 3 halls. The usual hall was FILLED with vats, by moving the trade stalls in another hall, and the breeders/dealers vats to the hall below the trade stalls. This year, just short of 2000 koi were entered, from the smallest size class of 12cm and under, through to the 85cm+ sizes, a good handful, including the 101cm Grand Champion were exhibited over the 1 metre mark. New this year was a side view judging event, with small fish less than approx 20cm (not sure on the official size limit) were judged side on, in aquariums.
Harvest time is always exciting, with new fish appearing all the time. This is my job, but I am still a hobbyist, koi appreciation is something I very much enjoy. Sometimes I will visit a place to simply look at koi when I have the time.
Why Day 1.5 you might ask? Let me run you though my day so far...
My alarm clock went off at 6am YESTERDAY, for a 15 hour flight which just ran in to today, followed by a train, and another train, for a total transport time of 23 hours.I arrived in Nagaoka at 1.30pm and was picked up to go straight to the mountains to start koi hunting. It's 9pm in Japan and I'm just transferring photos and writing my blog. I'm looking forward to Day 2 as it will be much shorter!