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2020 All Japan Koi Show Poster

2020 All Japan Koi Show & Buying Trip

by Chris Thomas December 09, 2019

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.
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36th All Japan Young Koi Show Results

36th All Japan Young Koi Show Results

by Chris Thomas March 31, 2019

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! 
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36th All Japan Young Koi Show

36th All Japan Young Koi Show

by Chris Thomas March 20, 2019

Chris will be heading to Japan on the 28th March to take in the 36th All Japan Young Koi Show and buying in Niigata after the show until 8th April. 
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2019 All Japan Koi Show Trip

2019 All Japan Koi Show Trip

by Chris Thomas February 03, 2019

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. 
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2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 4

2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 4

by Chris Thomas October 21, 2018

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. 
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2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 3

2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 3

by Chris Thomas October 18, 2018

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2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 2

2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 2

by Chris Thomas October 17, 2018

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2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 1.5

2018 Autum Harvest Trip Day 1.5

by Chris Thomas October 15, 2018

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!

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2018 Autumn Harvest Trip

by Chris Thomas October 12, 2018

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2018 Autumn Harvest trip is now booked!

2018 Autumn Harvest trip is now booked!

by Chris Thomas September 06, 2018

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March Niigata/Isawa Shipment Arrival

March Niigata/Isawa Shipment Arrival

by Chris Thomas March 24, 2018

Our first shipment of the year arrived last night from Japan, in it was a mix of tosai and nisai from Niigata and a few boxes from Isawa Nishikigoi Centre.

They started their journey just before 11am UK time on Thursday, with our friend Masaru Saito (Shintaro Koi Farm) organising the movement of fish from the breeders to Narita Airport.
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2018 February Japan Trip Day 5

2018 February Japan Trip Day 5

by Chris Thomas February 15, 2018

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