Today’s harvest diary includes the first of what will be an almost daily video diary over the coming couple of weeks as the harvest season goes into full swing.

My day started at Shintaro Koi Farm where Masaru Saito, along with sons Kensuke and Kosuke, were harvesting the first nisai of the year, a pond of around 50 Sanke and Kohaku.  The harvest features in full on the video, below are some stills captured from it.

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Shintaro nisai harvest

Newly harvested nisai Shintaro Sanke

Newly harvested nisai Shintaro Sanke

Newly harvested nisai Shintaro Sanke

Newly harvested nisai Shintaro Sanke

Newly harvested nisai Shintaro Sanke

Newly harvested nisai Shintaro Sanke

You can see all 3 of the above Koi in the video diary.

From Shintaro I visited Yagenji Koi Farm where, as is very common, there were many customers keen to see the newly harvested stock of Koi.

Shiro Utsuri have long been one of Yagenji’s most famous varieties, long before I finally got to visit Yagenji Koi Farm I was well aware of them.

Below are 2 high quality nisai that were newly harvested.


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High Quality Yagenji Nisai Shiro Utsuri

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Shiro Utsuri

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Shiro Utsuri

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Shiro Utsuri

Both of the above Shiro Utsuri were purchased by Gatwick Koi, great examples, contact http://www.gatwickkoi.com if you are interested.

Shiro Bekko is nowadays a rather poor relation in Nishikigoi terms.  Still a show class at the All Japan Koi Show, Bekko are rarely, very very rarely, produced deliberately, almost always a by product of Sanke spawning.  When I asked on Facebook about which style of black and white people preferred my good friend Brett Rowley, himself an accomplished Koi breeder, and all round fish farmer, stated, ‘you get gosanke quality from shiro bekko’.  Of course, by that he meant that the fact they come from Sanke means you get the decades of body development, the decades of shiroji development and the decades of sumi development, taking you right back to the origin of Nishikigoi.

The 2 Ginrin Shiro Bekko below were among the harvest at Yagenji.  These were the offspring of a spawning filmed here back in 2016 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7M8yqfJ_Mk

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Ginrin Bekko

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Ginrin Bekko

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Ginrin Bekko

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Ginrin Bekko

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Ginrin Bekko Close Up

High Quality Yagenji Nisai Ginrin Bekko Close Up

At this time of year, quite simply, there is too much going on in too short of time, at least from my perspective!

Anyone who follows Torazo on Facebook will know Tsuyoshi san started the harvest season with a cheery, ‘I hate Ikeage…
First nisai harvest today.’

From my side of the camera harvests are exciting, from the breeders side they are hard work (say’s this simple part time Koi farm hand).   During harvest season days can start at 6am and carry on until 6pm, and that’s serious manual effort, first netting the pond, bring Koi back, sorting them, and then selling them (hopefully)!


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‘Torazo’ plays at the top of the game.  Almost entirely Kohaku, Torazo bred and raised Koi have won the highest of honours through the 100 years which they celebrate this year, a massive landmark in all respects, one of the very oldest Koi farms to exist.

The first nisai harvest showed a glimpse of what will come over the coming days.

The images below all just grabs from the video diary.

Torazo Koi Farm

Torazo Koi Farm

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

Torazo Nisai

 

There are harvests all over the mountains at this time of year, some ponds have beautiful mountain vista, other are merely ‘puddles’ beside the road.

Very much on the main road, Sakazume is somewhere that seemingly always has customers.  Maybe not a household name, certainly not somewhere I was familiar with 10 years ago when I first arrived in Niigata, but a producer of some really great Koi in a range of different varieties.


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I was trying to get a slot to photograph some Koromo purchased by Ryuki Narita, every time I dropped by a new set of customers was there in the Koi house.

As the afternoon was drawing on I stopped again and found everyone midst harvest of a pond of Asagi across the road from the Koi house.  The harvest was of nisai, and a few days earlier I’d photographed 2 stunning yonsai at the farm, so knew it was worth more than a second glance.

The shots below are from the nisai harvest at Sakazume.

Sakazume Nisai Asagi Harvest

Sakazume Nisai Asagi Harvest

Sakazume Nisai Asagi Harvest

Sakazume Nisai Asagi Harvest

Sakazume Nisai Asagi Harvest

Sakazume Nisai Asagi Harvest

See video covering all the above in much more detail on our YouTube channel below.

 


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