When I accepted the invitation of Gert Elhorst, who I met in Taiwan in 2013, to be the guest of Takazumi – http://takazumi.nl/nl/ – at the NVN Koi Show I knew it would be a wasted opportunity if I just returned home to the UK. Ever since I have been in Japan I have met many of Europes leading dealers.

One of the first I met, and indeed have become good friends with, is Jeroen van Keulen of Koicentrum van Keulen.  Jeroen has appeared on both Harvest Time in Niigata and Niigata Seasons Autumn – www.nishikigoi.tv

A couple of weeks ago I contacted Jeroen and it transpired that my visit would coincide nicely with the culling schedule of Jeroen’s of the fry from his annual breeding programme.  A win win for me, chance to finally visit Jeroen’s place, and do something that fascinates me, culling…..

Speaking to people over the course of the weekend of the NVN show left me in no doubt, not that there was any to start with, that Koicentrum van Keulen was a little bit special.

The main shop, pictured below, is rather impressive, to say the least.  100% Koi, it is spacious and bright.

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Sadly the rain which somewhat spoiled the weekend at the NVN show has not relinquished which meant that the culling planned for today was postponed, we did however venture outside to see the ponds containing the fry.

The simple ponds in essence are entirely artificial and are lined with rubber, they simply offer a large volume of water at a low cost.


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Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us over the coming few days and we wil be able to undertake culling as planned and see the Koi in closer detail.

Jeroen will be exhibiting Koi at the forthcoming Koi Expo Germany on 29th and 30th August – www.koiexpo.de – and needed to move some Koi to prepare them for the show.


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A large part of Koicentrum van Keulen is actually off limits to regular customers, and perhaps it is the most impressive part.  Four large ponds used for growing Koi, some belonging to and bred by Jeroen, others belonging to customers.  As the show Koi needed to be stopped feeding they would be moved from their 100ton growing pond.

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This Isa Kohaku has been grown from nisai to 85cm.

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This Kujaku, bred by Hosokai Koi Farm, was exhibited at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show where it was awarded 2nd place in class and size.

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This Ochiba Shigure is especially impressive given that it is the result of Jeroen’s breeding programme.  Great scalation and very clean skin.

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The picture above was taken at Yagenji Koi Farm in October 2011 when Jeroen purchased this Doitsu Sanke as nisai, you can read more here – http://niigata-nishikigoi.com/node/1344


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Finally a lovely large Karashigoi, imaculate, but a nightmare to photograph.  She is over 90cm.

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Hopefully day 2 will see the rain stop and we can do some culling.

 


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