Proud to present my E-book: A Koi live!

It is about: the beautiful Koi, lovely Korea and my life dedicated to that. Much information about the beautiful fancy carp. Reading it gives your Koi dedication a boost.  You also get an introduction to Korea and the Koi they breed there: K-Koi. All this for just € 3,95. 

Mickey Paulssen - Hugo J. Smal - Kim Young Soo at the Goyang Koi farm.
Mickey Paulssen – Hugo J. Smal – Kim Young Soo at the Goyang Koi farm.

A writer does his trick because he thinks he has something to say. That is the case with me too. It has become a book with information about Koi, Korea and my love for both of them.

It is very important to me that I give as many people as possible the correct information about the fish I love so much. That love for me does not only consist of the beauty of and the handling of the fish. I think maybe the passion of the people who dive into the Koi world is even more important. Growers, traders and hobbyists, all share the craziness that comes with keeping Nishikigoi. In all the years that I’ve been walking around in the Koi world, I’ve come across a lot of these crazy people. Too many to mention here but all are admired by me. I must mention two. They made me a life-changing request.

A book about how to give your Koi a good life.

Cover: A Koi life.First of all, Masao Kato San.

In 1994, I was introduced to him at his request. Through an interpreter, he actually only had one request: “Dear Hugo, please keep writing about Koi. Your life long.” What an honour. Kato San made this request to me. Of course, I said yes. He bowed and said, “Then I can die in peace.” Kato San passed away on May 27, 2014, at the age of 92. The world lost its greatest, Nishikigoi promoter.

A Koi live!

Request two came from Kim Young Soo. He asked me to help him develop the Korean Koi industry and promote the country and its culture in Europe.

Two requests have determined my life and will certainly, do so in the future. You will find the repercussions of this in this book. Koi and Korea are my two great loves. I hope that by reading A Koi life, you will also get excited. And that for only € 3,95.

Hugo J. Smal

A Koi Life
table of content

Introducing The Watergarden.

Water in the garden makes it a real natural habitat. There are many possibilities and the Koi pond is our favourite. 

Dedicated to Koi.

Helping to organize the first Koi show in the castle garden in Arcen, the Netherlands made me dedicate my life to the beautiful fancy carps.

Arcen brought me even more.

About ten years later I met some Korean men at the showground. They invited me to their homeland. Another dedication was there.

Relaxing in a bubble bath!

Keeping Koi is not an easy hobby. You have to have some knowledge to make it successful.  I give you a good start.

Loving Koi is keeping water quality.

Good quality water is a must when you love your Koi. Difficult? No, when you know the basics.

A good start is half the work.

The pond is the world of the Koi. So it must be a good living environment. Be sure to build a good one at once.

Koi is an art and much more.

In east Asia, a Koi is not only a fish. It is embedded as a strong symbol in the cultures of Korea, Japan and China. It is even a family member of the dragon.

Become friends, teach them reflexes.

When you know your Koi your dedication will be much easier. There are some tricks to achieve that.

Learn to buy Koi.

When you know what you like the selection of what you want will be much easier. There are some rules for how to look at Nishikigoi. I give you a guide.

Koi varieties.

In Koi shops and during shows you see a lot of different Koi varieties. Go Sanke is the most important but also all the others are very nice. A short introduction is what you need.

Korean gardening.

Not many people have knowledge about it but Korean gardens are beautiful.  I hope you get inspired while reading this chapter.

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