On Friday I will commence my single longest stay in Japan for several years, and there is so much planned.

This year it seems that winter has lost its grip on the mountains of Yamakoshi somewhat early.

These pictures were posted by Tim Waddington of Quality Nishikigoi just a few days ago.

Yamakoshi April 3rd 2016 (pic by Tim Waddington)

Yamakoshi April 3rd 2016 (pic by Tim Waddington)

Yamakoshi April 3rd 2016 (pic by Tim Waddington)

Yamakoshi April 3rd 2016 (pic by Tim Waddington)

Of course, the sooner the snow melts, the sooner the mud ponds become accessible for the breeders and the sooner the ‘season’ and its activities can get underway.

You can get a flavour of the what spring is like in ‘Niigata Seasons Spring’ – http://store.nishikigoi.tv/product/niigata-seasons-spring/, the DVD which was filmed during exactly this period in 2014.


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Throughout the course of the 7 weeks we will bring you so much action that is going on a a wide number of breeders.

On 23rd and 24th April we of course have the 4th International Junior Koi Show.  Having attended the previous 3 shows, the 4th promises to the biggest of what really is becoming a major show alongside the Wakagoi Show.  Be sure to read our ‘demystified guide’ if you want to know more about the show – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/07/the-international-junior-koi-show-demystified/.

We also have a DVD planned for filming at the end of April, and release at the Euregio Koi Show at the end of May which I will be visiting on my return to Europe – watch this space for more information on that, in me and my co-star we have 2 of ‘Niigata’s’ self confessed fans, with many years of ‘Niigata’ experience, going around ‘Niigata’.

As we move into May breeders will start to do their final selections of tosai and release them to mud ponds.  Of course other larger Koi will also be released.  We’ll be bringing you a whole load of that stuff.

Also I can finally start on 2 other long planned projects, not directly Koi related, but hopefully if all goes well will end up being published as books.

The first is ‘Yamakoshi Life’ which I’ve written about before – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/01/20/yamakoshi-life/.


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For many years I’ve wanted to capture the Yamakoshi landscape from the air, you will have read many many times, particularly if you follow me on Facebook.  In the past I’ve looked at helium balloons, purchased a kite and equipment to suspend a camera and even at renting helicopters, all to no avail.  Finally I have acquired a camera drone and I cannot wait to get out into the mountains and capture them from new and unique angles.

I hope you enjoy the daily updates on Nishikigoi.Life over the next 7 weeks as much as I think I’m going to enjoy bringing them to you.


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