Ojiya/Isawa/Hiroshima Bound PSKoi Winter 2024

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Today was an extremely long day. I went to Hiroi, in Isawa, to pick Tosai and left Isawa at about 2pm to go back to Nagaoka and finish up before coming home in a couple of days. Normally the drive from Isawa to Nagaoka is 3 1/2 hours but it can be done in just under 3 hours.

I did not take a screen shot of the GPS course when I left and wish I had. With the heavy snow, and the area not having a single snow plow, roads were closed and, more importantly, the highway was closed to a point that usually takes an hour to get to. I am posting two screenshots, both taken after I got to Nagaoka, and the travel time is about 4 hours but most of the highway was open by then.

When I left it took 4 1/2 hours to get to the point it usually takes and hour to get to. Once at that point the rest of the drive was 2 1/2 hours for a total of 7. The first screenshot shows the entire route but if you look closely you can see a small red dot at Azumino. This was the spot it took 4 1/2 hours to get to and it was the spot I was able to get back on the highway.
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I picked up some very nice Goshiki and GR Goshiki Tosai at Hiroi but didn't do a great job on the pictures. They vary a bit because I didn't use an umbrella. You can see the true colors of the Koi in some of the pictures so I am hoping that helps you with the ones you can't.

The greenhouse has a narrow path in the middle which makes it hard to set up and take pictures in the first place let a lone have someone hold an umbrella. This coupled with the fact that I knew I had a long drive made me decide to do with out the umbrella as that would have added time. To make it a little harder I also took pictures with 10 Tosai in the bowl which made it a little more crowded.
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I love the snow, I love being in the snow, I love being cold, I love how the snow makes everything look, I love how the snow changes the scenery.
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Okada-san, from Kibi Koi Farm, sent me pictures he took of the higher quality Goshiki Sanke. It shows the two varieties much better than my pictures.
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Today was my final day in Ojiya and tomorrow I get on the Shinkansen to head back to Narita airport. It has been a fun, but challenging trip, and I enjoyed having Marlon for the first half. Give him some time as I think he is going to be one of the good ones.
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I had one last breeder to visit today and it was an afternoon appointment so spent the morning catching up on paper work to get ready for shipping the Tosai. Had lunch with JR Tsuyoshi, Homare and Yuki Kawakami (Torazo) and then headed over to visit Kobayashi. Kobayashi is a small breeder that Hosokai introduced to me about 9 years ago. He usually does Showa and Shiro Utsuri but last year I got a box of very nice Kujaku Tosai from him.
This year I picked up some Showa and a few oddball pieces. I really like his Showa, he uses Dainichi bloodlines, and he has some very interesting patterns. These are the type of Showa patterns I like as they are fun to watch develop.

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Takahashi had a very similar seining technique to this one. One slip and it's all over. I met Kobayashi's wife once over the last 9 years but she now makes appearances to help hold the net and then disappears again.

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I always like to hand select, leaving nothing to chance, but Kobayashi had a tank full of larger more finished Koi. They looked nice but I could only tell him how many I wanted and he would select later so I passed. IThis is the only picture I got of those Tosai. think it was way past feeding time.

One might surmise that the more "unfinished" Tosai will end up looking more like these eventually.
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He is a peek at all of what I selected. Over 600 Tosai in the tank and I ended up with these 65.


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