I haven’t posted for some time now. The holidays and work have been keeping me busy. Plus the koi have been low maintenance and boring.Here’s a quick look at what’s been going on in Little Siberia…
Yes, we booked our trip to Japan in early spring 2020. We will be visiting family and the three great gardens of Japan: Kenroku-en (Kanazawa), Koraku-en (Okayama) and Kairaku-en (Mito). Collectively they are known as the Nihon Sanmeien. I love gardening almost as much as koi keeping. Unfortunately gardening in little siberia is pretty difficult. The pond builder and I will need to get some property farther south to expand on this interest.
I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip to a koi farm in southern Japan just to look around. Some day I should go on a koi buying trip with the dealers but I’m not sure if I would love the grind of visiting farm after farm. I watched a video on Youtube about the ikeage. It looks like a lot of fun to watch the koi being harvested and visiting all the farms.
While the idea of a koi only trip sounds good, I enjoy seeing other things in Japan. We thought about trying the western coast of Japan this year, seeing the sand dunes at Tottori but passed due to lack of time and no Shinkansen. We love traveling by bullet train. I’d love to go up to Hokkaido. We did decide to go visit the snow monkeys near Nagano – Jigokudani Monkey Park. After doing some research, it might end up being a not-so-great experience (read this amusing blog post by someone). I’m not too worried if the trip to see the monkeys is lousy. I booked a ryokan (Kanbayashi Hotel Senjukaku) which looks lovely, offers those full kaiseki dinners and hot springs baths. This ryokan is also very close to the monkey park which appears to be a long walk to their onsen, 10-15 minutes of photos and walk back.
Trip plans change frequently since I have plenty of time to do research and ignore the boring winter koi.
Which brings us to today…the cold weather pretty much limits me to indoor activities like blogging 😂
Filming assures me that no one is hiding an ulcer on their sides or undersides…and it’s a good way to check if the diet is working. I think some of the pot bellies are looking sleeker.
Hope your koi keeping is not in sub-freezing weather. Only a few more days until we start seeing All Japan Koi Show news, the start of koi shows in the United States and new purchases from koi dealer trips.