Koi 1 & Koi 2
Koi 1 & Koi 2 are the most detailed and in-depth books about Japanese Koi printed in English. They provide comprehensive information on the breeders' operations and businesses - with inside information on parent Koi, mud ponds, and the number of Koi produced etc. These two books combined provide over 700 pages of information for the discerning Koi keeper. Full of images and information.
Volume One contains 351 pages dedicated entirely to the study of the Gosanke varieties. The book goes into great detail discussing and providing photographic examples of Sashi and Kiwa, skin quality, growth and development, origins, bloodlines, and body forms for all the Gosanke varieties. You will find information on Koi sexing, judging, size and age, methods of rearing, colours and skin quality with indepth explantions about Koi care and health, water chemistry and nutrition, to mention but a few. The comprehensive breeder section includes a detailed history and description of the production values for breeders in the Nagaoaka, Ojiya, Uonuma, Isawa, Fukui, Hiroshima, and Fukuoaka regions. Just a partial list includes breeders such as Maruboshi, Hasegawa, Isa, Torazo, Shinoda, Izumiya, Hoshikin, Oomo, Maudo, Jinbei, Tanaka, Shintaro, Murata, Matsunosuke, Kachi, Sakai, Ueno, and Ogata.
Like volume 1 this book also contains 351 pages dedicated entirely to the study of the Kawari varieties. The book goes into great detail discussing and providing photographic examples of skin quality, growth and development, origins, bloodlines, and body forms for all the Kawari varieties such as Shiro Utsuri, Ki Utsuri, Bekko, Asagi, Gin Rin varieties, Doitsu varieties, Shusui, Goshiki, Hajiro, Kumonryu, Chagoi, Soragoi, Ochiba, Midorigoi, Koromo, Yamabuki, Ogon, Matsuba, Hariwake, Kikusui, Kujaku, Kikokuryu, and many more! This volume also discusses the development of the varieties from Kobayashi Showa, Tatsu Magoi, and Asagi Magoi. Similar to Volume 1, the book provides for an extensive discussion of various breeders of Kawari including Aoki, Ikarashi, Kase, Yotaro, Otsuka, Kataoka, Sakazume, Masaki, Kuniyasu, Ohya, Hirasawa, Chogorou, Miya, Yagenji, Hosokai, Kaneko, Ohfuchi, Yamasaki, Yamada, and Omosako.
A truly sensational read!!!