I have written much recently about my fascination with ‘yesteryear’ life in Yamakoshi, and how things were during the foundation of the Nishikigoi industry.

Yesterday I wrote of the changing landscape in Yamakoshi – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/02/19/the-changing-landscape-of-yamakoshi/

Prior to that I wrote about Yamakoshi life here – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/01/20/yamakoshi-life/

The book below is one of my favourites, not published until 23rd October 2005 (the first anniversary of the Chuetsu Earthquake); it is a collection of photos taken in the year Showa 46, which spans 1970 and 1971.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book its ISBN number is ISBN4-540-05252-7

 

Yamakoshi Photo Collection - Life in the year 1971

Yamakoshi Photo Collection – Life in the year 1971

These are some of the images in the book that relate to the Nishikigoi industry which was in its early years 45 years ago, consider that the first All Japan Koi Show was staged in Tokyo in 1968.


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The captions are translated from those that appear in the book.

Various coloured Nishikigoi - Kajigane - 10th November 1970

Various coloured Nishikigoi – Kajigane – 10th November 1970

At the entrance to Yamakoshi there was a Nishikigoi auction house - Manaihira - 4th July 1971

At the entrance to Yamakoshi there was a Nishikigoi auction house – Manaihira – 4th July 1971

You can join the auction by paying 1000yen - Manaihira - 4th July 1971

You can join the auction by paying 1000yen – Manaihira – 4th July 1971

Small fry become big Nishikigoi - Kajigane - 8th June 1971

Small fry become big Nishikigoi – Kajigane – 8th June 1971

Preparing to send an order of young Koi - Kajigane - 9th June 1971

Preparing to send an order of young Koi – Kajigane – 9th June 1971

Hammering the banks of the pond to solidify them - Katsuraya - 24th April 1971

Hammering the banks of the pond to solidify them – Katsuraya – 24th April 1971


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