Taro Kodama is President of Kodama Koi Farm. They are the largest importer and distributor of quality Japanese Koi in the US. With locations in Japan, Hawaii and New Jersey, Kodama Koi Farm carries 35,000+ Japanese Koi from the top breeders in Japan. Taro Kodama, along with his father, Mamoru Kodama, provide not only winning show Koi, they also conduct many Koi seminars. Visit their koi pond stores in Florida, New York, and New Jersey.

Language of Koi | Ginrin Shine with Silver and Gold

By Taro Kodama / October 29, 2015 / 0 Comments

Depending on how you categorize koi, it is said that there are as many as 120 different varieties. And the Ginrin variety definitely contributes to the wide-range attraction of koi. Ginrin is a unique variety because its shine can appear in almost all the varieties. Although Ginrin varieties are all shiny koi, there are distinctive […]

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Language of Koi: Why you should sell Koromo and Goshiki

By Taro Kodama / March 2, 2015 / 0 Comments

Koromo and Goshiki are two separate koi varieties, but at almost all the koi shows, they are categorized as one. At a glance, they may look like completely different varieties. Their roots, however, are the same: Asagi and Kohaku. Because the Goshiki variety has advanced so much (as you can see in photo 1, above […]

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Language of Koi: A Beautiful Accident

By Taro Kodama / November 6, 2014 / 0 Comments

Tancho is not always a winner at koi shows. In fact, some koi shows do not even have a Tancho category. But it is not too much exaggeration to say that Tancho is one of the most popular varieties of koi. To be precise, Tancho is not really a fixed variety like the others. Rather, […]

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Pattern and Sheen: The metallic appeal of Hikari Moyo

By Taro Kodama / July 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

It glimmers, it shines, and it’s at the bottom of your pond. No, it’s not a wishing coin thrown in by a naughty neighbor — it’s Hikari Moyo! As marketable as they are beautiful, these patterned koi have a brilliant, metallic sheen that will set any koi lover’s heart aflutter. Here, Taro Kodama shares the important characteristics to look for when appreciating this unique and shiny variety.

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Basic Beauty: The striking simplicity of Hikari Muji

By Taro Kodama / March 1, 2014 / 1 Comment

For many koi lovers, koi appreciation is about admiring the juxtaposition of colors. When it comes to Hikari Muji, however, all of the beauty is conveyed in just one hue. Check out Taro Kodama’s story to learn about the unique characteristics of this monochrome breed … and how to make simple beauty a part of your pond or koi business.

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Historical Asagi: Indigo color classic beauty

By Taro Kodama / November 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Japanese word asagi refers to a light indigo color, so it’s easy to guess what this beautiful variety of koi might look like. But it’s more than just color that makes Asagi so impressive. Continuing his exclusive koi masterclass, Taro Kodama illustrates the unique characteristics of this unusually attractive fish.

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Black Beauties: The unique traits and varieties of Utsurimono

By Taro Kodama / September 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

With their rich lacquer blacks and stunning reds, whites and yellows, the fish of the Utsurimono family are some of the industry’s most revered koi. But their prominence was not always guaranteed. Resident koi expert Taro Kodama explains the unique history and characteristics of these beautiful living treasures.

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Showa Sanshoku: The unique history and personality of three-colored koi

By Taro Kodama / July 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Koi come in a handful of different and exciting varieties, but many breeders only deal with one. What makes Showa so special? Taro Kodama sheds some light on the history and characteristics of this beautiful and well-loved three-colored koi.

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Taisho Sanshoku: Learning the art of Sanke appreciation

By Taro Kodama / May 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

Although they’re a challenging variety of koi to breed (and even harder to make money on), Sanke are definitely not difficult to appreciate. Koi expert Taro Kodama of Kodama Koi Farm shares some of the secrets that make this tri-colored breed so special.

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The Language of Koi

By Taro Kodama / March 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

One of the most popular and important varieties of koi, Kohauku are beloved by beginner hobbyists and experts alike. But do you know how to assess the fish’s *Kiwa* or *Hi*? Learn what makes these prize-winning koi so unique, and you’ll appreciate Kohaku in a whole new way.

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