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    Planning a trip next year to Japan.

    Next year I hope to travel to Japan for maybe 1 1/2 weeks on my way to the Philippines. One of the stops I was hoping to make besides ALL JAPAN KOI SHOW SHINKOKAI, is ADA Gallery Niigata...Has anyone stop by there while shopping for koi?

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    I've never been there before but it looks like an interesting place so I may take a drive up there when I return at the beginning of April

    Looking at the website if you were planning to visit the Niigata area it is a straight forward enough place to get to

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo View Post
    I've never been there before but it looks like an interesting place so I may take a drive up there when I return at the beginning of April

    Looking at the website if you were planning to visit the Niigata area it is a straight forward enough place to get to

    Cool, thanks for the info...let me know what you think of the place.

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    Tony, I never knew you're into aquascaping too. Ive always wanted to visit Amano's place in Niigata.

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    I have been interested in that hobby but not really got the balls to dive in....hahahahaha...When I go next year I would like to checkout other things while visiting Niigata....Probably do a half/half trip, a couple of days in Niigata and a couple in Southern Japan...I also want to checkout some Ranchu Breeders if time permits.



    Found this clip, looks like a cool place....

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    The Amano-style plant tanks in the video exhibit the Japanese sensibilities we were discussing on JR's thread about ponds and zen concepts. (Although some do shade into a more Western concept.)

    I am amazed by the Amano-style tanks. Like bonsai, however, they require continuous attention to detail. It is telling to compare them to the so-called Dutch plant tanks, where everything is regimented. It's like the difference between a Japanese garden structured around Black Pine, and a sea of Dutch bulbs blooming in pre-planned patterns.

    I gave up on the Amano-style tanks some years ago, simply because I would not devote the time necessary. So, I've gone the route of an over-abundance with a jungly lack of control. The wildness pleases me, and is not unlike my gardening style, but it does not draw the viewer into an underwater world the way the Amano-style does.

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    Tony, I can tell you , it's a shocking amount of work to an Amano looking pristine! Much more than keeping a reef looking pristine. Just the 'never-ending' pruning alone reminds me of my bonsai collection and the reason that all my bonsai have been 'set free' into the ground of my Japanese moss garden. JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasPR View Post
    Tony, I can tell you , it's a shocking amount of work to an Amano looking pristine! Much more than keeping a reef looking pristine. Just the 'never-ending' pruning alone reminds me of my bonsai collection and the reason that all my bonsai have been 'set free' into the ground of my Japanese moss garden. JR
    I can only imagine how much work goes into hobbys as aquascape tanks and bonsai, but appreciate those who share it with others. I think it would be a cool thing to checkout on a break from buying koi.

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