Whilst we were Hide’s – http://www.niigata-nishikigoi.com/node/554 – Yoshikazu Otsuka called and asked if we were able to call as he had just harvested some Asagi he wanted to show us. Sure we could, we’d met Torazo at 8am and it was still before 11am!

 

When we arrived Yoshikazu and his father Funio were midway through unloading a harvest and serving a Japanese customer who I recognised immediately, although I only know him as ‘Mako’.  He used to work at Momotaro Koi Farm, now he’s working at the family Koi dealership.

Otsuka Koi Farm is most famous for Asagi and Goshiki.  They also produce other variants from those varieties, i.e. Goshiki Showa, Goshiki Sanke and Kage Shiro Utsuri.

This particular Goshiki Showa was bowled, and purchased, by Mako and his father.

 


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Once they’d completed their business Otsuka-san bowled this example, the best available right now.  An interesting and still somewhat unique Koi.

 

This was the particular Asagi that Otsuka-san wanted us to see, one of the farm’s Gyakume Asagi, Gyakume meaning ‘reverse’.

 

This is an example of Otsuka’s ‘standard’ Asagi.

 


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You can see the difference in scalation in the close ups below.  The first is the Gyakume Asagi.  The ‘reverse’ refers to the switch of the position of the colours.  On the Gyakume the ring of ‘blue’ is in the centre of the scale and it’s edged by gin, or silver, whereas on  the normal asagi the scale is edged by indigo blue.

 

 

The picture below is a close up of another of the farm’s ‘specials’, a Kage Shiro Utsuri, a variety that they’ve been working on for 12 years.

 

Below a ‘finished’ example.


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 Otsuka-san took us to the house containing the sold and oyagoi.  The unique Koi below is a result of the Kage Shiro Utsuri spawnings and an elder sibling of the Koi above.

 

The Koi below is the Kage Utsuri Oyagoi.  You’ll be able to read more in a future issue of Niigata Nishikigoi Digest.

 

For anyone looking for something a little unusual this is somewhere to visit.


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