Over the past 11 or 12 years I have been so fortunate to have been exposed to some of the finest Koi in the world, at Koi shows, harvests, auctions, or in a professional capacity photographing sometimes ‘secret’ Koi. The downside of seeing so many amazing Koi, Koi which at times are worth enormous sums of money, it that it makes it hard to get excited about lesser quality Koi, Koi that I can actually afford! That, coupled with my rather nomadic lifestyle, has made buying and owning Koi a fruitless activity.
Over the last couple of years I’ve seen a number of really beautiful Showa produced at Yagenji Koi Farm, one of my overall favourite farms in Japan. Last October I decided that I was going to find a ‘budget’ example with a view to leaving it on the farm for a year. Yagenji is a pretty much daily stop place throughout the harvest season with their constantly changing stocks. On several occasions I was at the farm to see harvests arrive and spot a potential purchase be squirrelled away by Daisuke and Toshinori as ‘tategoi’.
On one visit I looked into a pond and spotted a potential candidate and bowled it up. Before I did so I had a suspicion that the Koi was a male, something immediately confirmed by Toshinori.
I liked what I had in the bowl and figured first off, get a price. Daisuke gave the price, and advised that it would be no problem keeping as azukari at the farm as they had a male ake sansai pond. He also made suggestions that this could be good for the 2018 Nagaoka Koi Show – over a year away at that point in time! ‘OK’, I said, which was met with a classic Daiksuke, ‘Really?’, which anyone who has visited will surely recognise.
Another farm I’m a big fan of is Koda, like Yagenji, I can always seemingly find something interesting to photograph. This is how my other azukari Koi came about, you can read the story here – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/11/05/koda-ginrin-showa-azukari-project/.
Here are the 2 Ginrin Showa in question.
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The only Koi I’ve had an update on is the 1st of the Ginrin Showa, a photo from Masato and message saying ‘very nice’. I look forward to seeing all 3 (hopefully) next month.
When purchased I had thoughts that I’d have a ‘refurbished’ pond back here in the UK. With my ongoing American adventure that’s not happened or likely to happen.
Ultimately I just hope to show you can pick up some nice ‘cheap’ Koi with a bit of searching and luck.
Watch this space……