The South of England Koi Chapter, the SEKC, is a group of friendly, dedicated koi enthusiasts who are eager to promote the Japanese art of koi keeping in the UK. We meet every fourth Friday of the month and discuss various aspects of koi and koi related topics. We arrange visits to ponds in other areas, have koi appreciation and judging seminars and every year we arrange an open show. In the summer we have social gatherings at weekends, so that members who cannot manage to go to an evening meeting, can still keep in touch.
Our members are based mainly in Hampshire and Sussex, but we also have members in Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Essex and as far away as the Philippines. The koi keepers who love Nishikigoi have got together in Japan to found the Nishikigoi keepers society, which is Zen Nippon Airinkai. Through the Z.N.A the members can make koi friendships and exchange information between each other all over the world.
Nichirin magazine is produced in Japan by the Z.N.A. and is sent out monthly either by seamail or airmail. Seamail takes about three months to reach here, whilst airmail is obviously a lot quicker. The English version of the magazine has several interesting articles and masses of lectures of koi.
Subscriptions run from May to April, and, if you join in the middle of the year, you will be sent all back issues from that year.
The Z.N.A. is an association for amateur koi keepers, and offers various activities and events to inform how enjoyable koi keeping is, and also how to appreciate the largest garden fish in the world. The events are organised by the local chapters, which are all affiliated to the Z.N.A. in Japan.
If you would like to join us or to learn more about us please do contact us and we will be more than happy to give you any information about our club or help with koi keeping.
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Last updated 9th February 2014