There are many ways to study koi. A lot of videos and articles are available on the Internet. You can have knowledge on the koi variety, breeder, how they may develop, etc.; but you can never get the experience online.
In order to fully understand koi, nothing is better than raising them yourself in your own pond. Only by raising these koi in your pond, can you see the color, quality, and how they will grow and develop their beauty. As a hobbyist, you want to get this experience with minimal investment.
Study Tategoi program offers this experience at an affordable price. At Study Tategoi program, we select the breeder of a group of fine quality tategoi (future koi). By offering them randomly picked, Kodama Koi Farm can keep the cost low for you; and you get to enjoy a high-demand bloodline with confidence in quality.
Dive into the Study Tategoi Part 2!
We hope you are enjoying part 1, but we are excited to offer you even more tosai from some of the most famous breeders in Japan. This is a great way to affordably access many different varieties of koi all in one spot. Normally full-grown koi sell for high prices, but with the Study Tategoi program (where koi are randomly selected for you) you can affordably get young koi and watch them grow and develop in your pond.
Have you had the chance to check out part 1 of our study tategoi promotion? There are still many different varieties of high quality study tategoi available for you to purchase. Check out part 1 and see what is left!
We're happy to share Taro Kodama's expertise below about these hard-working breeders. Enjoy!
Mr. Ryu Mano
Izumiya Koi Farm
Izumiya Koi Farm is one breeder with a long history in Niigata. It is well-known that Mr. Ichiro Mano, the founder of Izumiya and grandfather of Ryu, was the top Mekiki (keen eye evaluator) of Koi and has dealt with many high qualtity Koi back then.
He is also well-known that Izumiya is synonymous with Ogon. No breeder in Niigata can compete with Izumiya when it comes to Yamabuki Ogon. Their quality, body conformation, strong yellow shine, and Fukurin (net skin pattern)—every aspect of Izumiya Ogon is top quality. We are very happy to share his Ogon tosai with you. Please experience and enjoy what his bloodline can do in your pond.
Learn more about Izumiya's Ogon with his koi talk video!
Mr. Joji Konishi
Konishi Koi Farm
Konishi Karashi is the brand of the friendly, hungry and fast growing Koi, that every Koi hobbyist in the world would like to own. Because of their gentle and friendly personality, you can even hand feed them. Koninshi Karashi is not only friendly but also very high quality. They have grown more than 40 inches and won so many awards at All Japan Koi Show. Great chance to get friendly yet high quality pet in your pond.
Mr. Taniguchi is a gifted breeder from south of Japan. We do grow out contests with his Koi every year. So I am sure many of you may be familiar with the quality of his Kohaku and Sanke. He always surprises us with the quality of his Koi. This year, he did it again. This time, it is not Gosanke, but Kawarimono or unique Koi.
It is called "GOLDEN CORN." Please see the transformation pictures of his golden corn. The transformation is nothing but breathtaking. Being in the industry, I have pretty good idea how Koi may turn out as it grows. But the change of this variety is simply unpredictable. Unexpected transformation and unexpected growth (they have DNA of over 40" chagoi) are the highlight of Golden Corn. I do not believe too many golden corn are available in the US yet. I am very happy that we can offer this surprising beauty.
Succeeding one of the most distinguished koi farms from his father, the late Kazuto Ikarashi, he is taking the farm to the next level. His father was a top breeder in Niigata like the late Mano, founder of Dainichi Koi Farm. His Gosanke won many champions. Maintaining the quality of his father's legendary gosanke, he started his new challenges. One of them is the Ginrin Aragoke.
Ginrin means diamond scales. Aragoke means rough or large scales. If you think of doitsu varieties like Shusui, you see most of the scales are even and regular size. that is because breeders intentionally cull out those ones with odd size scales. Aragoke was something breeders was avoiding for Doitsu varieties. However, he went the opposite way. He rather tried to put larger scales on the body and filled them with beautiful glitters. You see his Ginrin Aragoke has so many type of patterns and colors, but what is in common is that they are all high quality Doitsu with large ginrin scales.
Now his challenge gradually gains the popularity outside Japan, especially in Europe. Kodama Koi Farm is very proud to introduce his Ginrin Aragoke and its Tosai at the first time to the US. You can not get his Ginrin Aragoke tosai anywhere else. Please do not wait. We have only 50.
Aya Wakaba was developed by Mr. Hoshino of Yamanaka Koi Farm. He put a beautiful light green pattern on the doitsu scale less body. Because of the rare beauty, Aya Wakaba has always been in high demand. The only problem was that Mr. Hoshino was the only breeder. so the supply is always limited.
Now, Mr. Hiroi, a young, quiet but energetic breeder of the three generation established farm, started his challenge to breed this rare beauty. He has already been successful to breed many gorgeous Aya Wakaba. It is fortunate that we are able to secure quality 60 Tosai for our customers. If you have not owned one of the rare ones, please try.
This almost 100 year old koi farm has bred many quality Koi over 4 generations. His Beni Kumonryu is always in high demand. Beni Kumonryu itself is a hard varitety to come buy. Because of difficulty, there are not many breeders who breed the variety. Mr. Kawakami is one of the few. We carefullly examined the quality ones for the Study Tategoi program. Please enjoy the quality and the dynamic change of his Beni Kumonryu
He is the creator of Ginrin Asagi. Decades ago when he realized how tough the competition was for Gosanke breeding, he decided to swing his farm's future into breeding unique varieties. Ginrin Asagi is one of them. Karasu is another. He is currently breaking the mold with a new variety of dark Kujyaku. Niigata has breeders just like Mr. Hoshino who are pushing forward the potential of Koi. That is what makes Niigata interesting. Breeders like Mr. Hoshino make Koi even more beautiful.
Hiroi Koi Farm is one of the most established breeders with 80 + years of history in Niigata, Japan. Kazu and Nobu, the twin brothers says "they are very faccinated with the chance Koi can make. Koi change its body shape, color and pattern as they grow. They have been famous for Doitsu Showa, Goshiki and Ginrin Goshiki.
The picture to the right is what we purchased last fall. Indigo scales and bright Hi stands out on the light blue ground. We are proud to offer Hiroi Shusui.
What amazes us is that he always challenges new varieites and still produce high quality Koi. Producing high level Koi at one variety is hard enough. The Hiroi twin brothers constantly add new varieties and seems easily breed such high quality ones. Shusui is a relatively new addition to Hiroi Koi Farm. One of varieites is Doitsu Showa, that is what makes Hiroi Koi Farm a must-visit destionation. No other places offer this many and quality Doitsu Showa. Please get at lease one. Or more.
Mr. Miya is a humble, hard working Koi breeder of the established Koi Farm with three generations. Any Koi from his farm meet the high quality criteria. We are very happy to offer his fine quality Tosai with our study Tategoi program as the first time.
The Hoshino has devoted in Koi breeding for 92 years since grandfather's generation at the Mecca of Nishikigoi, Yamakoshi village. His Shiro Utsuri is especially known for its quality. Other breeds he works with includes: Aya Wakabe, Midorigoi and Goshiki.
Mr. Hirasawa is a stubborn-looking but very hard-working Koi breeder in Niigata, Japan. We are very lucky that he made his beautiful Kin Matsuba available for our customers.
Kin Matsuba is also called as Ki Matsuba Ogon. It is basically yamabuki Ogon with pine cone pattern. When it is young, the pine cone may not appear strong. As it matures, the spots will get darker and be solid. Add his Kin Matsuba to your collection
Mr. Sakazume thinks Koi breeders must be an artist with breeding skills. Mr. Sakazume definitely fits into the definition of the breeder. With his pride as an artist and the skill, he became a master of Aigoromo. Aigoromo is a variety that has indigo on its Kohaku pattern. The contrast of its Ai (indigo) and the show white is beautiful. As the production of Aigoromo itself is small and limited, I encourage you should not miss this great opportunity to get his world famous Aigoromo.
Mr. Oyama, a leader of Hiroshima district of Nishikigoi assosiation, produces classic type of Koi as well as unique types. Taking Gosanke as granted, he is also specializes in the unique varieties that few other breeders have. Ginrin Kogane Ochiba is definitely something we can not find at any other places than Oyama Koi Farm.
We are also very fortunate that we were able to get a group of quailty Budogoromo from him. Every hi plate is beautifully and perfectly painted in grape color . (Budo in Budogoromo means grapes) Here is a great collection of Budogoromo.
Mr. Masai is a young 1st generation Koi breeder from west side of Japan. With 18+ years of Koi breeding experiences, he has been working hard to perfect his Sanke with Kichinai bloodline. Masai Koi Farm is still new to the US market, but his passion and his quality Koi are defnitely worth learning and raising in our pond.
The 44th All Japan Koi Show Kokugyo award 12bu Taisho Sanke
Mr. Daisuke Maeda
Momotaro Koi Farm
It may be harder to find somebody in this small Koi community who does not know Momotaro. Mr. Daisuke Maeda, as a grand champion breeder, has worked hard to develop jumbo sized Nishikigoi. We are very happy that we can introduce Koi from Momotaro as the first time with this program. Get Momotaro Koi and enjoy the jumbo growing gene in your pond.