The Grand Koi Advantage
We at Grand Koi aim to bring you the best Japanese Koi for your money combined with the best level of service possible. Sourcing good value, good quality Japanese koi isn’t easy, but we know it’s essential. We spend the whole season with the best breeders to ensure the right Koi are available at the right price for all our customers. Being in the heart of the Koi world enables us to be right there as it happens, we benefit immensely when it comes to new availability, observing the quality of the stocks, getting you the best prices, and most importantly the first choice and this is all possible due to our well trained breeders and azukari mud ponds.
What is Azukari?
‘Azukari’ – the Japanese word literally translates as ‘under custody’ or ‘under supervision’.
In the instance of Koi it means a fish that is left in the care of the breeder or dealer in Japan. Thus azukarigoi refers to a koi that has been placed in the care of the dealer or breeder. Azukari means “boarding”, you have the opportunity to purchase a 2 year old koi from different breeders and now your koi will be grown in the breeder’s mud ponds for the Summer, and harvested in the Fall for you. Just as horses are often boarded with the breeder or trainer in the United States, koi are often boarded with koi dealers and breeders in Japan. Horses are boarded with horse trainers in the hopes of having the trainer help the horse achieve their full potential, whether it be in the arena or on the race track. There can be a number of reasons for boarding koi with a professional facility, but most commonly one would board their koi with a breeder in the hopes that the superior experience, care, and environment provided by the breeder would give their koi the best chance of reaching its full potential and able to compete in different koi shows all over the world.