Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 17th, 2019, 11:11 am

This second Kohaku is a bit more artistic in it's pattern but it also is a step up in body conformations well as skin and Beni quality. Of course that is reflected in the price.
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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 17th, 2019, 11:20 am

Larry and I went to lunch with Torazo and had Unagi. Torazo-san found out Larry's favorite food is Unagi and the number one Unagi restaurant is in Ojiya. It is very delicious but the only problem I have is feeling the little bones sliding down your throat when you swallow.
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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 17th, 2019, 11:28 am

We spent the rest of the day at Hosokai Koi Farm. He has over 100 mud ponds and his tanks are slowly filling up but, while we were there, he was unloading and sorting some larger Koi, and there wasn't much available. I did spot an unusual Koi, or two, in his upper greenhouse. This first one is a Tancho Showa, and there is nothing unusual in the variety, but it is unusual in what sex it is. At this point he thinks it is both male and female. He doesn't know if it will stay that way but Torazo has some Koi with similar traits. I asked Tsyoshi about his males, with female bodies, and he says the males with female bodies do not have milt so their bodies develop like females. His other males do not. I do not know if it will be the same with this one but it has the bumps on the pecs, a female vent and it does not produce milt at this point.The body looks very good.
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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 17th, 2019, 11:43 am

I pulled this next Koi thinking it was a metallic Ochiba but it is actually from Hosokai's Goshiki Shigure line. This one is female. It has such a unique and unusual color to the Beni.
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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Euryth » October 17th, 2019, 12:16 pm

Both Kohaku are amazing, but I am absolutely blown away by the thickness and quality of the beni on that second Torazo Kohaku!

Also, very interesting to see a much larger Goshiki Shigure - I've always been curious to see how the Beni changes as they age. How do these differ from Hosokai's Ochiba Goshiki lines (if I'm recalling the name correctly)?

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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 17th, 2019, 12:17 pm

Euryth wrote:Both Kohaku are amazing, but I am absolutely blown away by the thickness and quality of the beni on that second Torazo Kohaku!

Also, very interesting to see a much larger Goshiki Shigure - I've always been curious to see how the Beni changes as they age. How do these differ from Hosokai's Ochiba Goshiki lines (if I'm recalling the name correctly)?


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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 19th, 2019, 6:40 am

I am a day behind in posting but I should be able to catch up tonight. I don't actually have plans to see a lot of breeders on this trip because, until the new QT facility is finished, I just think it is wise to limit the risk by purchasing from fewer breeders so that I can make sure I deliver really healthy Koi. The reason I say this as I don't really have a lot scheduled for this trip so there may be days when not much is posted. Having said that I did not post last night because Larry and I went out with Masaru Hosokai, and his wife, and celebrated bit too much.
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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 19th, 2019, 6:44 am

We started out at Sekiguchi Koi Farm, yesterday morning, and I have to say he really is my favorite Showa breeder. His Showa do not have, by any sense of the word, traditional patterns but the quality of his skin, Beni and Sumi, when buying the right level of quality, is unsurpassed for the price. Like any breeder he does have varying levels of quality but not all Sekiguchi Showa, that are offered, are created equal. His best Showa are not finished, don't have patterns that are fully developed, but I think are worth the journey.
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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 19th, 2019, 6:52 am

After looking at a few tanks of Showa, and deciding which one to pick from, I needed up getting a total of five. I am going to start with the one I picked last first as this one is one that really grabbed me the most. It is a Tancho Showa but there isn't much Sumi and, even though my experience dictated that I should leave this one alone I was so drawn to it. I think it is because there is no Sumi. The lack of Sumi made the Shiroji stand out and the body conformation was screaming out that the quality was just undeniable. The fun part would be watching it develop Sumi, or not, so I decided that if it did not sell it would be my pet and eventually have a home in the main tank.

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Re: Ojiya/Hiroshima/Isawa Bound PSKoi Fall 2019

Postby Russell Peters » October 19th, 2019, 7:04 am

The first Showa I pulled from the tank was the best Showa in the tank and this one is a tank. Sekiguchi has been upgading his Oyagoi and improving his body conformation and size. This one shows that it should be very large. The skin on the Showa is the highest quality of the ones I picked and it will turn white as it ages. It is very thick and the color shows it.

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