I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and believe I’ll continue saying it for many years to come – Yagenji is one of the best Koi farms anywhere in the world, in so many respects.
Daisuke and Toshinori Ishihara are without question 2 of the smartest young breeders around. Everything about Yagenji just has an air of professionalism, an attention to detail; the Koi house is spotlessly clean, the water is pristine. When you drive to their mud ponds they are all laid with gravel tracks, the predator protection is fitted with precision. The Koi? Well the Koi are just superb, so many varieties, and excellent examples of all.
This morning I spent some time with them as they released their nisai and sansai tategoi to the mud pond – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/05/04/yagenji-koi-farm-release-nisai-sansai-mudpond/.
Last October I attended the harvest of the same mud pond, you can read about that here – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/13/yagenji-sansai-and-yonsai-harvest/.
This afternoon I visited Yagenji’s number 1 mud pond, the harvest of which I’ve featured several times, including on Niigata Seasons Autumn – http://store.nishikigoi.tv/product/niigata-seasons-autumn/.
The pond is one of several that Yagenji have in this spot, Marushin have another, as do Marujyu.
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Unfortunately today there was quite a breeze blowing across the surface of the pond making photography pretty difficult, however there were a number of Koi that I recognised immediately.
Whilst the water remains relatively clear for now, soon it will be completely opaque, this Doitsu Karashigoi had obviously found something to her taste as she dug her head into the muddy pond bottom.
The 3 Koi below could all be seen swimming in the mud pond, all came from the harvest detailed here last year – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/13/yagenji-sansai-and-yonsai-harvest/, the same pond that I covered the release of tategoi to earlier – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/05/04/yagenji-koi-farm-release-nisai-sansai-mudpond/.
This is a Showa I have wanted to own since the day I first saw it. I cannot wait to see her in October. Her summer home will be a regular visiting spot for me. Of course, seeing her in the muddied water will be less than easy.
I know that many of the Koi in the pond are owned by friends, so I wish you, and your Koi, and of course Yagenji Koi Farm the best of luck with them over the summer. Five months of hopefully great growing conditions lay ahead.