Under a shining sun went hit the road for
the sixth day. Time flies by in the land of the rising sun. We are
now on route to Hirasawa where we have an appointment. Hirasawa
normally has no Tosai available and it did cost some efforts before
he agreed to bring some 40 of his Tategoi from which I was allowed
to select 5. Now i can here you say "5 fish, is that sufficient to
cover the effort. In this case I can tell you that where normally
nobody is able to get some
Tategoi of him, 5 is a lot. And when he then tells you I will bring 40
of which I may select 5 that means a lot. The 40 Jumbo Tosai which
are on display for me are all approx. 30 cm in size. And I have to
say, I asked for and I got
Kohaku from the highest quality. The first up to the last where
superb. It cost me therefore a lot of effort to slect 5 of them and
at the end 7 where left in the bowl of which I could not make any
further selection. After five long minutes he just said the wor "Domo"
which means OK you can have them.
So if you look at these you can
understand that it was impossible for me to make a further
selection, see picture bowl.
The best Kohaku and an appointment with his sun that a could do
the same upcoming Monday but then from a late breed of Sanke
If these are similar the these I can say that my week can not be
Hereafter we left for Masaki to select some fish. The snow here
is becoming lesser and lesser and you can see the mudponds
popping out of the snow.
Also nothing kept us to make a stop at Shinoda.
I did however not find the quality where I was looking for and
therefore our visit was a short one.
Outside one of his Champion bulls looks us in the eye and I could
resists to aanraken this animal (surely with Shinoda in the area).
The main reason that I go to Masaki
is after 3 years of asking I finally will be able to obtain a
potential breeding man to be used in our own breeding program
and to keep the bloodline pure. A picture of this Shiro Utsuri
is given at the left.
Masaki Sjiro Utsuri
today a last stop at Yamazaki to select some Hariwake and
eventually Goromo and Ochiba. I have to say that the Hariwake
had a little less yellow but his Ochiba where extraordinary in
Three of these are selected by me amongst two Ginrin.
As always I say enjoy the pictures and especially for Wim and Ed
congratulations with your Ochiba Shigure.