Between 3rd and 12th April I made my 4th visit to Yoshikigoi Farm in Poland.  The primary objective of the visit was to complete filming of a DVD which was commissioned by the farm, including the filming of a number of tategoi that will soon be released to the mud ponds for the summer.  Whilst doing so I also took the opportunity to get some still images of some of the Koi in order to have them on record.   Some of these Koi are also identifiable as ones that were filmed and photographed back in October when they were just a few months old.

Right now there are still many thousands of tosai, the video below shows the Koi in just 1 of 7 main tosai ponds on the farm.

The pond above contains a wide range of different varieties, including Beni Kikokuryu, Showa, Metallic Ochiba, Beni Kumonryu and more.  I will make separate posts about tosai both Beni Kikokuryu and Showa.  In this post we’ll look at some of the other tosai that were photographed.

I’ve previously posted a couple of nisai Yoshikigoi Ochiba Shigure.  The one below was photographed in October and posted here with some other nisai – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/12/08/2016-harvest-highlights-yoshikigoi/.  I understand it is now owned by a UK hobbyist and likely to grace the UK show scene later this year.  You can see the Koi in this YouTube video made last week – https://youtu.be/psrLcuFzZSg.

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba

I have to say there really are very many excellent Doitsu Ochiba swimming at Yoshikigoi, below are some of the tosai that we bowled up.


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Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

The example above is one that was instantly recognisable as one that had been photographed back in October.  Not only is the pattern incredibly unique, the Koi is also very clean.

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Ochiba Tosai

This example above is perhaps one of my favourites of all.  A rather darker shade than the others, how this will stand up long term I personally don’t know, but I love the shade, and also love the pattern.  What isn’t visible from the top down show is the grey colouration along the sides as well.

Jos Aben is working on a number of variants of Ochiba Shigure.  The Atarashi Ochiba below having a lighter more ‘rusty’ brown colouration to traditional examples.

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Atarashi Ochiba Tosai

In addition to the Atarashi Ochiba there are also metallic variants as well.

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Metallic Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Metallic Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Metallic Ochiba Tosai

Yoshikigoi Doitsu Metallic Ochiba Tosai

The whole ‘Ochiba’ genre is one that Jos is doing some interesting stuff with, as well as producing some really very high class traditional examples.  The shades of colour in the metallic ones above, for example, really doesn’t come across in the still images.  When you look at them in close up they are reminiscent of real metal that has been weathered and polished over time, the more I looked at them in real close up the more this ‘gosanke fan’ was being drawn in.  If you look at the video I mentioned earlier – https://youtu.be/psrLcuFzZSg – you can getter a better sense of some of the shades I refer to.  Gosanke enthusiasts have long savoured a Yamabuki, Chagoi, or more recently Mukashi Ogon to add contrast to their collection, I would suggest some of the Koi in the video would be great additions to the highest quality of Gosanke collections.

As mentioned above, I will write about Beni Kikokuryu, probably Yoshikigoi’s flagship variety, in a separate post, as I will also do about Yoshikigoi Showa which are being given an interesting twist.


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Below are a few other examples that were photographed.

First up this interesting Doitsu Yamatonishiki, the quality of which is very high for this variety.  The all important metallic lustre on the Koi was very high, the pattern interesting, and the sumi well placed.  An excellent Koi to be entered into, and challenge in, Hikarimoyo class anywhere in the world.

Yoshikigoi Tosai Doitsu Yamatonishiki

Yoshikigoi Tosai Doitsu Yamatonishiki

There aren’t many Kujaku at Yoshikigoi, but this one almost literally jumped out of the pond at you with its distinctive maruten head pattern.  The quality of this Koi is very high in all respects.  I posted it to Facebook joking that  I’d found a Koi for entry to the International Junior Koi Show.  I really do stand by that, this Koi would not be out of place at that show at all, and I suspect would fare very very well too.

Yoshikigoi Tosai Kujaku

Yoshikigoi Tosai Kujaku

Picking up individual Kohaku from the pond of hundreds was particularly challenging, ideally we would have netted the whole pond and picked some out.  For the goals of the project it wasn’t worth disturbing the pond in that way.  Keep an eye out for a video of some high quality nisai Yoshikigoi Gosanke feeding which will be posted in the next few days.  This will give an idea of the level the they are producing.  However, this was a little example that I did catch that I thought rather attractive.  Maybe the front half better than the back half, but the overall quality was nice and I look forward to seeing an update at nisai harvest time.

Yoshikigoi Tosai Kohaku

Yoshikigoi Tosai Kohaku

Goshiki are a new addition to the Yoshikigoi portfolio of varieties and, as you probably know, one of my personal fascinations as far as Koi varieties go.  Myself and Merv Westgate spent probably 25 minutes trying to catch up some examples from a pond of 800 tosai.  Whilst we had some I wasn’t overly excited.  Then I picked out one at the bottom of the 5ft deep water which appeared to be a Kohaku, once in a bowl it blew the others away.  Merv caught another Kohaku style example and suddenly we had 2 very very interesting and high quality Goshiki in the bowl.

Yoshikigoi Tosai Goshiki

Yoshikigoi Tosai Goshiki

Yoshikigoi Tosai Goshiki

Yoshikigoi Tosai Goshiki

What will happen with these, how will they develop?  Only time will tell.  One of the challenges Jos is taking on is developing a Goshiki which is more predictable and more stable in European water.


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This is the first look at some of the tosai which will soon be grown onto nisai at Yoshikigoi.  I will post more regarding Beni Kikokuryu and Showa over the coming week.


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