Kawakami - Urakawa Koi Farm

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Urkawa Koi Farm is an old-established business founded in 1917. The world-famous “Torazo Sanshoku” and “Torazo Kohaku” are brand Koi produced by this distinguished farm. The third generation family head, Tsuyoshi Kawakami, has inherited the genealogy in producing mainly Kohaku and has won various awards at Koi Shows throughout Japan

Koi Varieties Bred:
Goshiki
Shiro Utsuri
Showa Sanshoku
Taisho Sanshoku

Urakawa Koi Farm is also known as Torazo. He breeds quality Kohaku and Taisho Sanke.
He says "it is not necessarily true that I can get good parents if I pay good money, but it is true that if I do not spend enough money for parents, I can not breed super top quality Nishikigoi." He also says, "I always try to keep and raise fewer number of fries in a mud pond, instead of keeping and raising many fries in a mud pond. And I will select 2 year-old Tategoi (potential Koi) out of them based on my sense of beauty."

His policy really polishes the quality of Koi. I believe you can enjoy the quality of Torazo.

Mr. Tsuyoshi Kawakami has vague idea about this Torazo lineage because it lived during his father’s generation. But from little he could gather, these much he could tell… he remembered one of the famous koi which Torazo have produced is the one owned by one Mr. Shozaburo Sato of Oita. This koi which is a Taisho Sanshoku, won the Kokugyo Prize at the 7th Shinkokai All Japan Show.

This koi has a rather ‘little’ too large a body for its age and fine sumi and bright Hi foundation. Moreover, the markings are also very unique. According to Mr. Kawakami, such koi are usually small and won’t ‘flourish’ to the exception of the one that Mr. Shozaburo Sato has.

Torazo Sanshoku has very unique sumi characteristics which are very impressive. The sumi quality of Torazo is bright bluish and it doesn’t become blurred. The ideal sumi quality of Torazo is hard, solid and bright, which he thinks originated from the original Torazo. According to him, almost all Torazo Sanshoku had well matching sumi and hi markings, and he thinks one of the reasons why the sumi of his koi are so impressive was because the dark sumi markings cut into the skin.