Masaru Saito first starting his Koi career with the breeder Konishi many years ago, then onto studying with one of the best in the world, Toshio Sakai, Saito San was his right hand man for many years, while still having a small facility in Mushigame, Niigata. When leaving the services of Toshio Sakai, Saito received breeding stock from Sakai, and with these parents started his own business using true Matsunosuke bloodlines koi, and to this very day still use’s them.
The original female died in 2006 after over 15 years of services, over this time Saito has produced other female parents from the original, and now has his best female at 94cms and producing upwards of 2million eggs per spawning!
Shintaro koi farm now has 2 major koi houses plus a big tosai house. After the huge Earthquake Saito San lost 85% of all his mudponds in the disaster, with each cloud having a silver lining, a hobbyist in Kawaguchi town who had some of the best mudponds in the area.
He passed away around that time and his family offered Saito the ponds, which consisted of 14 ponds, one being the biggest main pond in Niigata. Saito San took them on and with government help got another 12 ponds which were for fry only on the flat lands in Nagaoka, along with some other ponds that he managed to repair after the Earthquake, Saito San now has over 35 mudponds, the operation is growing at a massive rate. Saito San also speaks very good English, and always has a cup of English tea waiting for anyone who fancys a chat and a break throughout the days. A real character in the breeder community.
Now breeding some of the best koi in the world, from Matsunosuke bloodline. The top hobbyist in the world is a man called Kato San, He has aover 10,000 koi, for his own personal pleasure, at the time of the terrible Earthquake in 2004, his 2 best koi were Shintaro koi.
Breeding Sanke, Kohaku and some Showa, all originating from Matsunosuke bloodline.