Shintaro Koi Farm’s harvest season got off to it’s traditional start today with the harvest of the pond below, one of 11 that Shintaro has in the Kawaguchi area, around 20 minutes drive from the home in Mushigame.
Usually the pond is home to mainly Sanke and Kohaku, this year however Saito san has a predominance of nisai Showa.
This harvest, and indeed several nisai harvests that follow, are particularly exciting for me, they include Showa that have been fathered by my Isa bred male. Their early lives were featured on Niigata Seasons Summer – http://store.nishikigoi.tv/product/niigata-seasons-summer/. The ponds they grew up as fry in are actually adjacent to this very pond, you can just see the corner of one of the fry ponds to the right of the picture below.
Two years ago this pond, and its harvest, were the induction to harvesting for Pandai Othman of Malaysia – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/09/15/my-niigata-experience-by-pandai-othman/. Today they were the induction for Tony Sang Oldy from Thailand.
I’ve written so many times that one of the wonderful things about Koi breeding in Niigata for me is that however ‘household names’ the breeders may be, in reality most are small family businesses, Shintaro no exception. As always Hiromi Saito is beside Masaru Saito helping, and their son Kensuke, despite not pursuing a career as a breeder, came back from University to help with the first weekend harvests.
Saito san lifts one of the first Showa from the mud pond, looking good!!
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Then it was time to put my camera down and do some work, lifting each Koi from bowl to the transportation tank and Tony and Kensuke carried them up the bank, a great chance to see them properly for the first time.
Usually I prefer Showa with a significant amount of what, or at least a lighter beni pattern, giving that all important sumi somewhere to fall and shine. However, this one really caught my eye on the back of the truck, the beni pattern may be heavy, but the beni itself was very beautiful quality.
Four other very nice female nisai Showa that were harvested this morning.
A great start to the harvest season at Shintaro Koi Farm, with a second harvest to follow in the afternoon, and this is before we get onto the best ake nisai ponds.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, there is another pond of nisai to be harvest containing 33 Showa which were deemed higher grade tosai when released in May, can’t wait, weather please be kind.
More of the 2nd harvest today to follow.