Sunday November 2nd 2008 seems an awful long while ago now.  On the old blog you’ll find a post – Sundays should be for laying in – on which I wrote about attending an ikeage of Hideo Hirasawa who many will know as the young member of staff at Isa Koi Farm.

At the bottom of the above post I mention ‘a stunning little Maruten Kohaku which would surely have fared well at any show!’

Well this picture, courtesy of Steve Gibbins (www.koi-media.com), was taken of that same little Maruten Kohaku at last weekend’s All Japan Koi Show.

Hideo Hirasawa Doitsu Kohaku - 15bu Sakura Prize 2009 All Japan Koi Show

Sakura prizes are awarded to best non Gosanke in size.  I don’t think it will be long until Hideo’s Koi are more widely available and he’s recognised as a breeder in his own right.


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