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Introduction | Sanke | Showa | Utsurimono

Koi Hunting and Achieving a Dream, Pam Spindola Makes
A Journey of the Spirit to Japan
Page 10

Text and images by Pam Spindola
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Speaking of beauty, some of us take a little walk to admire the countryside for one last time. Everything is so green. All the houses seem very neat. It is evident that koi raising is the primary focus here as one sees mudponds and concrete ponds along the hilly landscape. Houses often have adjoining glass houses for wintering the koi. Stacked outside the koi houses are the blue tubs, nets, and sometimes boots.


     

The day is coming to an end but we still have a few more stops. One of the hobbyists wants to see a koi at the Ikarashi Koi Farm. It seems that more showas were pulled from the mudpond.

Ikarashi showa > | Ikarashi and group >>

 


 

Then we need to stop at the Marudo Koi Farm for one last transaction.

< Marudo kohaku
<< Measuring the koi at Marudo


As the sun starts to set we stop at a cultural arts center to look at some of the handicrafts of the area. Then it’s off to the hotel to get ready for Mrs. Suda’s birthday party.

< Cultural Arts Center


 Everyone was invited to a small typical Japanese restaurant to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Suda.


Kaz with Mr. and Mrs. Suda
It was a gala affair with non-stop Japanese delicacies topped off with a delicious whipped cream cake! This was a wonderful way to bring a magical trip to an end.

 
Last night in Japan - rear left Kaz Takeda, foreground right Mike Swanson

The next day we did some last minute shopping and then boarded the bullet train back to Tokyo and then yet another train to the airport. I was so proud and relieved that we found our way in the crowded stations with a maze of different levels and tracks.

The visit to this magical land with the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of the people was so memorable. One can feel the presence of former generations of koi breeders watching over their legacy and marveling at the beautiful creations of nishikigoi. After seeing first hand all the efforts of time, money and experience that go into the breeding of koi, I have a new found responsibility to nourish, maintain and foster the growth and health of the koi in my pond.

Judy Walker, the author and Barbara Flowers in the Narita Airport >


These lovely koi are Pam's selections from her journey.
Two now live with her in California and the other will arrive in the fall.

 
Gin rin kohaku

 
Kohaku

 
Budo goromo

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