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2018 February Japan Trip Day 5

by Chris Thomas February 15, 2018 2 min read

2018 February Japan Trip Day 5

After poor weather stopped play on Day 4, today needed to be good. I wanted some koi for a Grow and Show for the shop, and also needed something for a Facebook group. Luckily I had two appointments set up, hopefully the breeders had what I wanted at the price I needed to pay! 

First stop was Shintaro, would I find the Sanke I wanted for our 2018 Grow and Show? 

Kitsu Koi - Shintaro Sanke Grow and Show 2018 from Chris Thomas on Vimeo.

Yep! I think the video says it all. If you wish to enter the 2018 Shintaro Sanke Grow and Show, click HERE

Next stop was Maruhide. When I last went to Japan, Maruhide Koi Farm was ran from a couple of ponds in a garage. Now there is a decent greenhouse filled with high quality Doitsu Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa. The tosai we wanted weren't available right now, that will have to wait until April. It wasn't a wasted journey though, we got to play with the snow blower!

Next stop was a quick call to Maruhiro to mop up a couple of more unsual koi for customer orders. Maruhiro has one of the most famous ponds in Japan, after maybe the 1500 ton pond at Momotaro. 

So many huge examples in this round pond. Most koi houses are absolutely crammed with ponds, so rectangle/square ponds make more use of the space. This koi house used to belong to a hobbyist. 

Always a wide variety of koi to pick from here. 

We made a quick trip up to Koguriyama village to see Hiroi and Shinoda, but nothing here that we were looking for at this time. 

The final appointment of my week was fast approaching. I had my one Grow and Show sorted, it was time to hopefully sort the remaining! 

Quite conveniently, our last stop was close heading back to the hotel. Our appointment was with Kanno Koi Farm, famous for Goshiki and also producing prize winning Sanke too. 


Kanno Goshiki were a leading choice in a recent poll for a Passion for Koi Grow and Show, and we did the deal on behalf of the Facebook group. 

That concludes my blogs for this February trip. Keep an eye out for more details on the Grow and Show's, and we wish you good luck if you enter. 


Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas

Chris has been keeping koi for over 25 years, and dealing in koi for 15 years. Travelling to Japan to select new stocks is the favourite aspect of the business, closely followed by being on the tools pond building.

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