I’m starting to write this at 3am, having gloriously failed to defeat jetlag again, falling asleep before 9pm when I was planning to go out and watch football.  Missed the game but was a good result for my team Arsenal, so not all bad.

So now Sunday morning, but this post is about Friday, and Friday morning really was quite beautiful.

As I left my hotel I could see signs of mist in the valley of the Shinano River and Uono River out towards Kawaguchi so headed that way.  With the sun already in the sky it was a race against time to get there and get some pictures before the clouds dissipated.

I headed up past some ponds belonging to Izumiya, and overlooking the village of Shiodani which I new should give me a good vantage point, ably assisted by the 120m elevation I could get with my drone.  It didn’t disappoint.

Shiodani and Kawaguchi area, 7.40am 14th October 2016

Shiodani and Kawaguchi area, 7.40am 14th October 2016

Shiodani and Kawaguchi area, 7.40am 14th October 2016

Shiodani and Kawaguchi area, 7.40am 14th October 2016

Shiodani and Kawaguchi area, 7.40am 14th October 2016

Shiodani and Kawaguchi area, 7.40am 14th October 2016

I hadn’t made any particular plans for the morning however speaking to Tim Waddinton of Quality Koi – http://www.qualitynishikigoi.com/ – I learned that he and his clients were harvesting some nisai with Shintaro.  I had some time before they were due to rendezvous, and now having 2 drone batteries, there was time for another flight over Mushigame village, as I’ve said many times, my favourite Koi village in the world, it’s a magical place for sure.

Mushigame, 8.30am, 14th October 2016

Mushigame, 8.30am, 14th October 2016

Mushigame, 8.30am, 14th October 2016

Mushigame, 8.30am, 14th October 2016

Mushigame, 8.30am, 14th October 2016

Mushigame, 8.30am, 14th October 2016

Tim had told me that they were harvesting the ponds in Kawaguchi, and as I’d had no breakfast I decided to head there and stop at 7-11 to get some on route.


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Having reach the large nisai pond at Kawaguchi, which had a net sitting on its bank seemingly waiting for use, I finished breakfast and waited, and waited.  Having passed the time I expected them to have arrived by it seemed I was in the wrong place, unfortunately I had not picked up a message from Tim advising it was a another set of mud ponds, also in Kawaguchi.

I stumbled upon the group at the said mudponds as I traced my way back to Mushigame just finishing off the harvest of a second pond.  These ponds are harvested with a pan net, rather than a drag net, and the group had made short work of it.

Back at the Koi house there was chance to grab a few shots of some of the harvested Kohaku.

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

The first one below was my favourite from the harvest, probably over 55cm.

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Saito san liked the one on the left.  They did make a rather attractive couple, not sure BOGOF was an option though.

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

This Koi looked a great show prospect, i think it was 54cm, making it perfect for the 55bu classes at forthcoming shows.  Watch this space…..


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Shintaro Nisai Kohaku

Shintaro Nisai Kohaku


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