Founded in 1920
Representative: Shimada Teruya
Area of breeding pond: 6 hectares
Stocking area: 2,000 m²

Shimada Teruya

Date of birth: December 21, 1963 Age: 49
Graduated from Kinki University (Fisheries Science Course, Faculty of Agriculture) in March 1986.
Succeeded the business of his deceased father in 1986.


In 1955, shortly after the end of World War II, Masaji Shimada (my father) began importing rare kinds of goldfish from the People's Republic of China, with which Japan had no diplomatic relations. He put his effort into breeding these goldfish, and succeeded in large-scale breeding through an original method (called the Japanese or Koriyama method). A novel titled “Blue Goldfish,” written by Takashi Kawamura, is based on the experience of Masaji in the wartime and the postwar period. At present, goldfish varieties imported from China (Bubble Eye, Pearl, Chocolate Oranda, Seibun, Celestial Goldfish) are often seen at retail stores throughout Japan. Also, Seiji began collecting from all over Japan, and selling rare and high-quality goldfish varieties original to the country, which include Ranchu, Tsugaru Nishiki, Izumo Nankin, Tosakin, and Tamasaba. Further, he strove to preserve and popularize Japan's original goldfish varieties.
In step with the development of Japan's transport industry, Masaji built up a system to take orders early in a day, and ship products that same day. Currently, our company partners with about 800 retailers (dealing in aquarium fish) and home centers in Japan.he company ships 6 million goldfish per year to various areas in Japan.

Export Business

Our company makes more than 10 shipments per year to Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. Exported goldfish varieties include high-quality Ranchu, Tosakin, Calico Oranda, Izumo Nankin, and Jikin.
We have received orders also from Germany and Indonesia.
The 2012 World Aquarium Fish Exposition and the Goldfish and Arowana Festival were held for three days from September 15 to 17 in the province of Fujian in China. These events were attended by about 20,000 people. More than 100 booths were set up in a 9,000 m2 exhibition hall. Producers and other companies participated in the exhibition. Also, a large-scale competitive show of goldfish and arowanas was held.
This exposition was supported by organizations related to aquarium fish and goldfish and arowana associations not only in China, but also in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the U.K., South Korea, and Hong Kong. Therefore, a vast number of goldfish and arowanas were exhibited at the competitive show. About 3,000 fishes of more than 40 varieties were exhibited in the goldfish section of the event. For judgment, an international judging committee was organized, and it consisted of specialists from various countries. Teruya Shimada, Executive Director of Yamato Kingyoen, served as secretary for the exposition responsible for liaison with Japanese interests. Also, he served as a judge representing Japan.
Also, the Japan Goldfish Culture Exhibition was held to show Japan’s original goldfish varieties sent from the country. These varieties include Ranchu, Tosakin, Nankin, Jikin, Tsugaru Nishiki, Nagasu Jumbo Oranda, Calico Oranda of the Suzuki type, Japanese Oranda, and Horyu. Further, the Modern Goldfish Art Exhibition was held by Yutaka Koyama, Representative of K-Pool.


107 Niki, YamatoKoriyama-city, Nara , Japan 639-1021
Representative: Shimada Teruya
Tel:+81-743-52-3418 Fax:+81-743-53-3927
(Closed on Monday every month. )

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