Koi Volume 1, Gosanke
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Koi Volume 1 is 351 pages dedicated entirely to the study of Gosanke varieties including origins, skin quality, growth development and characteristics of certain bloodlines, and breeder information.
Koi Volume 1 Gosanke is divided into four parts-1 Maintenance, 2 General Information on Koi, 3 The Gosanke Varieties, and 4 The Gosanke Breeders.
Gosanke is the term used for the three major Japanese koi varieties, Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa. The remaining varieties, popularly termed Kawarigoi, are covered in Volume 2, together with their breeders.
Chapter 1, Maintenance, describes the conditions that should be provided for koi in order to ensure optimal conditions and maintenance. It describes the reciprocal biological and chemical processes that take place in the aquatic environment, explains these effects, and indicates how the pond and its water should be managed.
Chapter 2 entitled General Information on Koi explains the origins of individual koi lineages, the degrees of relationship and the difference between them. It also describes the various methods of rearing koi in Japan and the differences between them. In addition, this chapter discusses the deformities and genetic defects that commonly occur, and explains in layman’s terms the particular points to bear in mind when purchasing koi.
Chapter 3, The Gosanke Varieties, describes the history of Gosanke varieties, their origins, and the derivation of the various bloodlines, and explains the changes undergone by Gosake as they grow by means of drawings and photographs.
Chapter 4 entitled “The Gosanke Breeders” presents 39 of the most important breeders in Japan. It explains the relationships and connections between them, describes the history of each koi farm (in part with very old photos), and shows how koi breeding became established in Japan. All sections on koi farms give details of the total area utilized, how many pairings are used for breeding, and how many Tosai, Nisai, and Sansai koi are produced. The production areas are divided into breeding area and mud ponds. Examples are also given of how koi were bred in the past relative to modern techniques.
Breeder sections include a detail history and description of production values for breeders in Nagaoaka, Ojiya, Uonuma, Isawa, Fukui, Hiroshima, and Fukuoaka regions. Just a partial lists includes Maruboshi, Hasegawa, Isa, Torazo, Shinoda, Izumiya, Hoshikin, Oomo, Maudo, Jinbei, Tanaka, Shintaro, Murata, Matsunosuke, Kachi, Sakai, Ueno, and Ogata.
This book is a fascinating read not only for the committed koi enthusiast, but also for anyone with a special interest in Asia or Japan. The sections on the individual koi farms read like family histories; they tell a fascinating story and demonstrate the problems experienced across generations during the past 60 years. The Chuetzou earthquake in October 2004 is also described, along with photographs. There are numerous shots of the farms and mountains of Niigata taken before the earthquake. After the earthquake, in spring of 2005, the author returned to many of the places photographed previously and was thus able to take pictures that permit a direct before and after comparison. In the interviews with breeders which the author conducted post-2004, he took the opportunity to ask the breeders about both their losses and the changes to their operations necessitated by the new conditions. All in all, the final part of the book is by and large a family chronicle of the koi farms of Japan.
Koi Volume 2, Kawari
Also 351 pages, dedicated entirely to the study of Kawari variieties including origins, skin quality, growth development and characteristics of certain bloodlines.
Koi Volume 2, Kawari is divided into two parts; (1) The Kawarigoi Varieties, and (2) The Best Known Breeders of Kawarigoi.
Chapter 1, “The Kawai Varieties”, lists virtually all the koi varieties known to date. The Gosanke varieties have already been described in Volume 1, and in this second volume you will now find all the other varieties on a total of 200 pages. For example, the Asagi variety alone is here divided into five different sub-groups, namely the Narumi Asagi, the Konjo Asagi, the Guyakume Asagi, the Gin Rin Fukurin Asagi, and the Gin Rin Asagi.
Chapter 2 presents 21 of the most important breeders in Japan. It explains the relationships and connection between them, describes the history of each koi farm (in part with very old photos), and shows how koi breeding became established in Japan. All sections on koi farms give details of the total area utilized, how many pairings are used for breeding, and how many Tosai, Nisai, and Sansai koi are produced. The production areas are divided into breeding area and mud ponds. Examples are also given of how koi were bred in the past relative to modern techniques.
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 section also discusses the development of 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.