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Old 13-12-2008, 05:51 AM   #11
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thanks for sharing
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Old 13-12-2008, 07:05 AM   #12
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wow, very nice koi's and big. thanks for sharing, bro
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Old 13-12-2008, 09:52 AM   #13
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Hi All

Just a quick note to say thank you for your comments and interest in my blog.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Mark
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Old 13-12-2008, 10:04 AM   #14
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Just a quick note to say thank you for your comments and interest in my blog.

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Hi Mark,

wow, what an honour for us to have you here with us! I simply couldnt believe my eyes when i saw your post here! How did you find your way here?

I'm sure we will all benefit from your knowledge & first hand experience in Ojiya!

My own question for you is: How did you hook up with Shintaro? Frankly i've not heard of this farm until i saw your blog. And looking at what you have shared, i realised that they are not a small koi farm.

Looking forward to learn lots from you, Mark.

Cheers!
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Old 13-12-2008, 10:13 AM   #15
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Just a quick note to say thank you for your comments and interest in my blog.

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Hi Mark,
Great to have you here with us.
Let me start reading the blog from Jan issue, i'm sure i will have loads of questions
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Hi Mark,

wow, what an honour for us to have you here with us! I simply couldnt believe my eyes when i saw your post here! How did you find your way here?

I'm sure we will all benefit from your knowledge & first hand experience in Ojiya!

My own question for you is: How did you hook up with Shintaro? Frankly i've not heard of this farm until i saw your blog. And looking at what you have shared, i realised that they are not a small koi farm.

Looking forward to learn lots from you, Mark.

Cheers!
Terence
I'm just as surprised as you!
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Old 13-12-2008, 10:37 AM   #16
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Hi

In my blog stats I saw people coming from here so came to have a look.

Shintaro is a relatively low volume high end Koi breeder, he is well known in Japan, the UK and the USA primarily. He counts Masao Kato, previously chairman of the ZNA, amongst his customers each year. Peter Waddington describes him as a 'living genius in the big wide world of Nishikigoi'.

I was introduced to Masaru Saito, owner of Shintaro, for the first time in April 2007. In October 2007 when I returned to Yamakoshi he invited me into the house for tea. As we entered he introduced me to his wife Hiromi as 'Mark Gardner from KoiChat.com'. KoiChat.com is a primarily UK centric discussion forum I've been running since 2001. I was gobsmacked that he knew me so well!

I stayed in Japan for 6 weeks in October/November 2007 and spent many hours with him and his family.

As you'll see from the blog I has spent a tremendous amount of time with them through 2008. The fact that anyone would want to go and live in Ojiya/Yamakoshi for a year (now to be 4 years) just because of the Nishikigoi takes all the breeders with complete surprise and disbelief. At the same time they have welcomed me with open arms, none more so than Shintaro.

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Old 13-12-2008, 10:40 AM   #17
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Hi Mark,

Firstly, welcome to Arofanatics.

Secondly, I am glued to your blog last night....and this morning, see u at AF, I almost fall off my chair.

I am sure many member will have load of questions for you soon....

Chris
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Old 13-12-2008, 10:49 AM   #18
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Very nice photos and good link there - Thanks for sharing Brother Cheers !!!
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Old 13-12-2008, 02:16 PM   #19
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Excelllent blog thanks for sharing
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Old 13-12-2008, 07:20 PM   #20
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I fell off my chair.

Been following this guy the first day his blog came up, made me want to throw everything and join him there.

Great a many thanks, Mark Gardner. One of those few whom you want drop in on your site once in a while.
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