We arrived in the
A little tired we ventured onto the train system to get to Tokyo station where we purchased our
Sitting back for the 2 1/2hour
Day 2, we woke for our breakfast and armed with a list of fish we required to fulfil our customer orders and store needs, ventured out for the
You drive through the snow-capped mountains from breeder to breeder, all their fish are kept inside greenhouses and polytunnels to protect them from the severe winter weather. When the weather warms the fish to be grown on will be put
We are welcomed by the breeder and taken inside to view all their amazing Koi, the list now goes out of the window and we all act like children in sweet shops! Pointing out the fish we would like to have at home. We ask the price of a couple…… reality lands and we go back to plan A.
The smaller fish we start to purchase by the pond full, as we need many boxes for the stores back home. A sample box is put into a blue bowl for us to look over to make sure that the mix is colourful, we
The breeders specialise in certain varieties of Koi, which means their quality is maintained. Generation after generation of family members
To view larger fish with the breeder you need to point to the fish you are interested in, we are then given a price and the fish will be bowled up to look at. Each fish is looked over for skin quality, markings and body confirmation before being purchased.
We visited 8 breeders per day and purchased fish
All the fish purchased on this visit are back in the stores just before Easter for resting and quarantining
Here’s looking forward to the next trip….!
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