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Koi Hunting and Achieving a Dream, Pam Spindola Makes
A Journey of the Spirit to Japan
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Our next stop was to visit Mr. Hisashi Hirasawa of Marudo Koi Farm. There were many people selecting koi here including well known dealers from the United States. It was a frenzy of activity. Mr. Hirasawa had an incredible selection of many varieties of koi.  


Many koi enthusiasts at
Marudo Koi Farm
He started his company in 1970 and had previously worked with Dainichi. Now, his son and daughter are an active part of the business, handling the koi and the customers. He mainly breeds gosanke but all the other varieties are available as well.

 
Mr. Hirasawa with grandson

According to an article I read, Mr. Hirasawa is well aware of the importance of genealogy, the mama and the papa, and the skill of the breeder. However, the environment plays an important role as one needs to keep the koi healthy and with a good appetite. His goal is to breed the most beautiful koi that anyone has ever seen and to have it win awards. I am hoping that as well! I selected a beautiful kohaku to hold. I am cautious as it is not of a classic design; the five step hi pattern drips onto the face of the koi. I think when it grows larger and has more bulk it will be an eye-catcher. 

Maruda showa >

 

 Marudo Koi Farm    


Selection of koi


Sanke

 
Sanke - kohaku pattern with
small deep black accents

 
Kohaku - white koi with
beautiful red patches

 
Kohaku

 
Showa


Showa


Sanke


Kohaku


Sanke


Marudo selections 


Showa

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