The Star Online, February 15, 2006
THE official opening of the Sentul Park Koi Centre last Sunday is another feather in the cap for YTL's Sentul West development.?
“We are bringing the beauty of Japanese Koi culture here. In Japan, Koi are affectionately known as the 'Living Jewels',” said the centre's managing director Luke Shori.?
On the eve of the opening ceremony, seminars were conducted by Japan's top Koi breeders for visitors. A charity Koi auction was also held.?
Eight breeders - Fujio Oomo, Makoto Tanaka, Hisato Nogami, Shigeru Mano, Futoshi Maruyama, Takayoshi Omosako, Kentaro Sakai and Ryuki Narita - were in town in conjunction with the launch to share their experience and expertise with local Koi enthusiasts. ?
Maruyama, the owner of the 12 year old Showa which won in the 36th All Japan Shinkokai Grand Championship last year enlightened the audience on his winning Showa's growth from six to 11 years old.?
“Although it is important for a Koi to have a good bloodline to display its exceptional characteristics, we need to be patient in order to see the changes. Normally, it will only show its true potential after the age of five,” he pointed out.?
Nogami, who took on the responsibility to care for Showa in his mud pond from eight to 11 years old, said he is proud to be able to provide a better living condition for the winning Showa.?
“So far, only three Showas have won the prestigious title throughout the competition's history,” he added.
Other speakers included Oomo, Tanaka and Mano. They spoke on Koi bloodlines, specialised farming techniques and Koi appreciation.?