Now that the dust has settled and we are back from Japan, we can let it set in what it was like to be in the presence of all the most coveted living jewels on the planet. We were one of the first people to walk through the door on Saturday the 1st of February. We were unhindered in checking out all of the beautiful koi. As we made our way through each of the koi it dawned on us that it was going to be quite the task to really look at all of them and appreciate each one. When you get to take part in such an event with everything looking so well, it becomes overwhelming. We started by going through the smaller sizes and made our way to the award winning koi. It was very nice to see all the dealers there. While we were so blessed to witness the fine specimens there, we were so spoiled. Then we followed up with our buying trip to Niigata. While we selected the next collection for our clients and inventory we were inspired by the grand champion and all the other award winners. We looked for koi that were showing the signs of something special, something interesting, and something that would be the best fit for our clients. Although we were unable to buy everything we wanted, I feel as though we came away with some very uniquely beautiful koi.