22 September 2003
1st Toshio Sakai seminar
On the 20th of September 2003, we organised a seminar at the Serwir hotel, in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. On the 21st of September, we made a coach trip to visit some unique koi ponds.
We were able to invite and welcome to Belgium none other than one of the top 3 breeders in Japan. The man we are referring to is TOSHIO SAKAI, who is the man behind the MATSUNOSUKE bloodline, the absolute top in Japan. In fact, he is the first Japanese breeder who succeeded in breeding a parti-coloured koi of over 1 meter (3.3 ft).
Also, we invited one of the most popular judges of Japan to accompany TOSHIO SAKAI, namely YUKIO OHMACHI. He is renowned as one of the greatest koi enthusiasts in Japan and his own collection of koi is simply stunning. As our third guest, we welcomed none other than our old friend, MICHEL CAPOT of KOI ICHI BAN. He has been accompanying us on all our trips to Japan and he has 25 years of experience with koi.