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A few years ago I was living in Tokyo and the typhoon season has much heavier than usual. So heavy that the roads and subway trains had to be suddenly closed due to flash floods. The emperor's son has one of the finest private koi collections in Japan and lives near the subway train station I used daily. The first day of subway train closure and I didn't realise until I walked down to the actual rail tracks which looked like an underground canal by then. Totally surreal to see a place normally packed with thousands of commuters with just me all alone in silence. (ignorant foreigner who can't read Japanese signs). And if that wasn't enough, there I was standing on the edge of the platform when a magnificent $350,000 koi at least a meter long majestically cruises past, following the flooded train tracks and disappeared into darkness. It was one of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. Just another one of the strange things you see in Japan. Don't know how many millions of dollars of Koi lost that flood.

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A few years ago I was living in Tokyo and the typhoon season has much heavier than usual. So heavy that the roads and subway trains had to be suddenly closed due to flash floods. The emperor's son has one of the finest private koi collections in Japan and lives near the subway train station I used daily. The first day of subway train closure and I didn't realise until I walked down to the actual rail tracks which looked like an underground canal by then. Totally surreal to see a place normally packed with thousands of commuters with just me all alone in silence. (ignorant foreigner who can't read Japanese signs). And if that wasn't enough, there I was standing on the edge of the platform when a magnificent $350,000 koi at least a meter long majestically cruises past, following the flooded train tracks and disappeared into darkness. It was one of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. Just another one of the strange things you see in Japan. Don't know how many millions of dollars of Koi lost that flood.

That's a crazy story...:hail: :hail: :hail: it would have been a magic moment(maybe not for the emperors son!...maybe you could have jumped in,grabbed it and well got a key to the city..ha ha!!)

How long were you in japan for Winston??

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I was there for about 6 years. The KOI stores are amazing, extremely specialised. One of my favourites had a line of ten swim pools - each 4m x 8m x 2m deep. Each pool was graded into price brackets. The cheapest pool was $5K per fish and the most expensive was $150K per fish and each pool was FULL. The fish were so well handled that they would literally swim into your arms on command. Of course you could also buy a 50 cent koi from the pet chainstore as well...

The other thing is that fish culture is taken to a whole new level in Japan. Almost every supermarket and restaurant keep live fresh fish for eating. Live fish transportation, handling and filtration is better than many public aquariums in other parts of the world. They are fanatical about quality and taste.

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