Unlike yesterday’s harvest – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/07/my-first-harvest-of-the-season-yagenji-koi-farm/ – today’s was scheduled, an 8am rendezvous at Yagenji Koi Farm with Rob de Vos and Jeroen Dregmans of Ornafish for the harvest of some of Yagenji’s sansai Koi, a harvest that promised some very nice Koi.

The mud pond was one of many located at the back of Mushigame Village.  Marushin and Maruju Koi Farm’s have adjacent mud ponds.

Yagenji Koi Farm sansai harvest

Yagenji Koi Farm sansai harvest

Daisuke, Toshinori and Jeroen undertook the task of pulling the net around the fairly large mud pond, and by all accounts the net was heavy.

Daisuke Ishihara

Daisuke Ishihara

Toshinori Ishihara

Toshinori Ishihara

Jeroen Dregmans

Jeroen Dregmans

Daisuke and Toshinori Ishihara

Daisuke and Toshinori Ishihara

Jeroen Dregmans

Jeroen Dregmans

I’m not for one moment suggesting that Jeroen was slacking, but the pictures seem to suggest that the brothers were approaching the task with a little more focus that Jeroen 😉

One of the breeders’ nightmares in the summer is an in pond spawning.  Occasionally, just occasionally, a male accidentally gets mistaken for female and it has a wild party all summer with his female cohabitants.  Usually the result is a lot of nothing-a-goi tosai which grow at an alarming rate, and a poor growth rate for the rest of the Koi.  In 2014 this pond experienced such a spawning as a male Kikusui slipped in by accident.

Daisuke was quite insistent that this year there was no problem, however, for just a split second Rob managed to convince him he had seen tosai as the net was drawn in.  Daisuke’s face was priceless until he realised Rob was winding him up.  For me this is what Nishikigoi is all about, such moments are priceless, not the ridiculous amount of money someone was preparing to spend at auction whilst we were doing this, but that’s another story and I digress.


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Rob de Vos and Daisuke Ishihara

Rob de Vos and Daisuke Ishihara

When the net is pulled around the pond, the weighted bottom rope trails behind digging into the bottom, which is why the net is pulled slowly and steadily, so not to cause it to balloon up off of the bottom enabling Koi to escape.  Once the top of the net has encircled the pond it is necessary to pull in the bottom rope thus trapping the Koi completely and preventing their escape.  When that weighted rope and bottom edge of the net have collected thick sticky mud it gets very heavy.

Below, Daisuke and Toshinori give one last heave to get the weighted rope up onto the bank completing the netting process.

Daisuke and Toshinori Ishihara pulling in the weighted rope of the bottom edge of the net

Daisuke and Toshinori Ishihara pulling in the weighted rope of the bottom edge of the net

With the net fully secured and raised on the outside to prevent jumpers the fun part begins, lifting the Koi from the muddy water.

Rob de Vos lifts a very nice Doitsu Sanke

Rob de Vos lifts a very nice Doitsu Sanke

Most of the time you have no idea what Koi you will pull up, you feel a head underwater, locate the direction it is heading, place hands underneath the body, and pluck it from the water.

Sometimes it’s a VERY nice surprise.

Ginrin Showa

Ginrin Showa

This Goshiki has caused quite a stir on Facebook since a picture like this was posted immediately after harvest.


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Goshiki

Goshiki

More picture of both the above Koi later.

Yesterday I referred to Daisuke’s wife as ‘Daisuke’s wife’ or ‘Mrs Ishihara’.  Her name is actually Noriko, and very charming and polite she is too.  Again her task to carry the Koi up the steep bank to the truck.

Noriko Ishihara carrying Koi up the bank

Noriko Ishihara carrying Koi up the bank

Jeroen still wasn’t taking the task too seriously

Jeroen Dregmans in jokey mood

Jeroen Dregmans in jokey mood

On the back of the truck Toshinori again lifted them into the tank.

Goshiki

Goshiki

Ginrin Showa

Ginrin Showa

Doitsu Sanke

Doitsu Sanke

As the harvest finished Yaichi Ishihara arrived to check out the harvest.  He may not be actively involved as much as he was but he is always around, always taking an interest and always giving his sons his opinion.

Yaichi Ishihara

Yaichi Ishihara

As Yaichi san climbed off the back of the truck I asked if he was OK getting down to which he confirmed he was.


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He proceeded to scale a ridiculously steep bank back to his vehicle as if to put me in my place.  They make them of strong stuff in these mountains!

Yaichi Ishihara climbing bank

Yaichi Ishihara climbing bank

Yaichi Ishihara climbing bank

Yaichi Ishihara climbing bank

Yaichi Ishihara inspecting Koi

Yaichi Ishihara inspecting Koi

Below, more pictures of the Goshiki featured above.  A very stricking example, and a very unwilling model.

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

Yagenji Sansai Goshiki

One of the beauties of Yagenji Koi Farm, the huge range of varieties available.

Below a couple of Ginrin Showa that caught my eye, both excellent examples to grow and develop.

Yagenji Ginrin Showa

Yagenji Ginrin Showa

Yagenji Ginrin Showa

Yagenji Ginrin Showa

Generally I’m not a fan of Doitsu Gosanke examples, however these 2 Doitsu Sanke were among 4 or 5 harvested from the pond today, all excellent examples.

Yagenji sansai Doitsu Sanke

Yagenji sansai Doitsu Sanke

Yagenji sansai Doitsu Sanke

Yagenji sansai Doitsu Sanke

I think the second example above particularly striking and would compete for best in Doitsu class all around the world.  Really good strong body for a Doitsugoi.


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Of course, after the fun of a harvest it’s down to the serious business.

Daisuke and Toshinori discuss prices

Daisuke and Toshinori discuss prices

Jeroen and Rob mull over prices

Jeroen and Rob mull over prices

A fabulous morning, and the fun is just getting started, plenty more to come from Yagenji and farms all over Niigata during the coming weeks.


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