I’m Taro Kodama and Mamoru Kodama is my father, a top Nishikigoi dealer whom I respect, owner of Miyoshiike Co. in Japan; and Kodama Koi Farm in Hawaii, USA. He is a type of person who devotes himself 100% to what he loves, in his case, Nishikigoi and never minds taking on new challenges to achieve his goal.
That was the beginning of his repetitious trips to Niigata, cradle of Nishikigoi. Nowadays it takes only 6 hours to drive up there, but it used to take a day trip. He does not even remember how many times he has visited breeders there; but every time he visited, he deepened relationships with breeders. These relationships he cultivated for 40 years are definitely his and his company’s assets that nobody else can compete with.
Winner of multiple Grand champion titles
He won grand champion titles 5 times at the All Japan Nishikigoi shows. He first won the big title with a beautiful Kohaku whose nickname is “This is Kohaku.” “When I close my eyes, I can still visualize its Hi quality and Fukurin vividly,” he says. Fukurin had been seen only on Ogon and judged only for Ogon at the time. “This is Kohaku” is probably the first Kohaku that showed the Fukurin so beautifully.
“Daiya no Kamen” is another memorable grand champion at the All Japan Nishikigoi Show. He still considers its body conformation as one of the best examples he has seen in his life. “The head is huge and is followed by its stout body like a big tree trunk, and it ends with a thick tail joint.”
Mamoru Kodama has raised many more champions like “Himiko”, “Loran”, and more. There are few who have raised and won the grand champion titles as many times as he has. Choosing koi for pond is a big deal and learning more from a koi master will help you succeed.
Growing beyond Japan
At the time, there was an opportunity to breed Koi and teach breeding in Taiwan; and he took it. He brought many high quality parental Koi from Japan and spent 2 years in Taiwan with good success. Some of his Koi even won Kokugyo (Best In Size) prize at All Japan Nishikigoi Show. With the experience, he decided to open a breeding farm down in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa. After 8 years, he had to stop the breeder operation because the koi dealer division became too busy and had to make him move back to the main store. But these 10 years of breeding experience gave him more insight and sharpened his eye for Nishikigoi.
He did realize, through talking to customers and providing many lectures, that there was a big need for Koi education. Koi information and knowledge had been misinterpreted by American dealers, and they had been given to end users as “correct information.” Remember, this was almost 20 years ago. Information was so limited.
The move to Hawaii
Continuing to spread the love of Koi
Mamoru Kodama is a man with passion for Nishikigoi. He always attempts new challenges because he has a passion to serve his customers with better and attractive Japanese Koi of which he is proud of.