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Saturday 22nd February
The trip is just about over! (Scroll to the bottom and work your way back up for the full trip) Most of today we will be travelling from
to home. It has been another very successful and enjoyable buying trip. The koi
should be following us in about 3 weeks time and then will be quarantined for
about 4 weeks before going on sale at Easter.
This morning we started by making our way over to the famous Hama-Rikyu gardens which had been the family garden of the Tokugawa Shogun. These are very beautiful gardens with much to see and learn.
In the Nakajima-no-ochaya (tea house) we had traditional green tea and Japanese confectionery.
Next we had a walk through the amazing grounds of the
before visiting the Zojoji
Temple before lunch. Tokyo
After lunch we took a City Tour by bus through many of the main tourist attractions and learning much of the city's history. We stopped at Asakusa at the
and Sesoji Temple Nakamise Street.
The main attraction of the trip was the new
, the Skytree. With its main
observatory deck at 350m, you have a fantastic view of the city of Tokyo
Returning from the tour we had a quick turn around at the hotel before heading out to Roppongi for a very special dinner - Teppanyaki at the Grand Hyatt.
Being the last day, and with no more fish to buy, we visited the
Nishikigoi-no-sato this morning. Also the Koi Museum where they make and sell
local produce - textiles, food & koi products. Sun
After a good coffee in Starbucks at the station in Nagaoka we bid farewell to Rene for another year and made our way back to
on the shinkansen. All good things come to an end, but now it is time for us to
This afternoon we visited Akihabara, the electric village, including a tour around the Big Apple Pachinko halls and a visit to the awesome Yodobashi Camera electrical products store. We also went over to Kanda to have a look around the Kanda Myogin shrine before returning to Akihabara for dinner. Steak and chips for me tonight!
We had a bit of business to do at Hosokai this morning so we went there first. Here you can see Masaru netting up a fine aka matsuba and the next picture gives you some idea of the size of the fish.
Here are a couple of fine 57cm Sanke.
This is a 40cm Tancho sanke from Hosokai.
Another visit to Izumiya followed so I could take pictures of a Tancho Sanke for a customer. Here are some pics from Izumiya.
After a fine feed of pork and rice in the mountains we made our way on up to Kanno to see his beautiful goshiki and go-sanke. There is so much snow up in Mushigame! I bought tosai there.
Next we went back to Marusei to pick up some smaller nissai having called at Kawakami only to find him sold out. These are the fish bought at Marusei. The first picture is with 33-42cm koi. The fish in the second pictures are 28-34cm.
We finished the day with a visit to Dainichi followed by coffee and cake. The visit to the mountains is almost over!
Had a super dinner tonight in the restaurant just opposite our hotel. This chicken was amazing!
Off to the hills early this morning with so much to see and do. Our first stop was the huge Marusei fish house. Have a look at some of the lovely fish I picked up at Marusei. They are approx 38-45cm.
After visiting Miyatora we stopped in at Choguru to secure tosai Purachina. The quality of Choguru's Purachina proved too irresistible and we have this happy picture to show as a result. A cracking 4yr old Ogon.
While waiting for Yamazaki san to come I took this nice scenery pic. There is plenty of snow!
Of course there is more to see than snow and mountains! Here are some of the Yamazaki koi. A big variation, from about 30-48cm.
We visited many other farms today including the amazing farms of Torazo and Izumiya. A few very nice koi were purchased at Aoki, including these which are available for sale.
We finished the day at Marusaka before returning to the hotel to tidy up business, freshen up and get ready for dinner. Tonight we went out to a fish restaurant with the Hosokai brothers. What an amazing feed - though there were a few things I ate tonight that I just didn't ask many questions about!Monday 17th February
The road up to Yamakoshi was full of snow this morning but we made our way up the twists and turns to reach the birthplace of Nishikigoi.
There is always plenty to enjoy at Kazuto Ikarashi. As always, the koi were stunning. We bought a very nice Tancho here and a good selection of high quality year old fish
We visited Sakai Matsunosuke and bought tosai at Yagengi. After noodle soup for lunch we went back up to Hosokai. It usually takes quite a while to do the Hosokai visit and today there was good reason with the purchase of some very nice koi.
We did visit a few other farms, but the last picture for today is of some Doitsu Go-sanke and a gin-rin Showa purchased at Shinoda.
The weather delayed our flight out of
which left us having to sprint through Charles De Gaul airport in Paris.
Although we made it to the plane on time, unfortunately our suitcases didn't.
Having sorted that out, we came out to find that the weather in
been causing havoc and we were unable to book the shinkansen at the airport.
The queues in Tokyo station were
very long, but eventually we got our tickets and caught the bullet train up to
We have since learned that the Expressway is closed due to the heavy snow. Our suitcases will be sent to the hotel in
so it means working without all the usual equipment while here in Ojiya. I
apologise now for the quality of the photos as I don't have my good camera with
the polarising lens.