Back in Spring 2003 I was sat around the dinner table in the Maeda family home having dinner with Micheo Maeda (President of Momotaro Koi Farm) and his son Daisuke Maeda.

Through Daisuke, who speaks perfect English, I asked Micheo Maeda what his thoughts were on male Koi.  Given at that time Momotaro were selling many many high quality, and high priced, garaunteed female jumbo tosai both directly and through auction, Maeda san’s reply surprised me, and has been something that very much shaped my thoughts on the subject of male v female Koi ever since.

Maeda san stated that for the majority of hobbyists there was great value to be had in collecting male Koi.  This wasn’t just in financial terms regarding purchase price, more he stated that they were easier to keep as they didn’t have the complexities of the female reproductive cycle, also that their quality as much more long lasting than females whose peak was much shorter.  In reality many hobbyists who were buying premium priced, jumbo potential, female garaunteed tosai couldn’t fulfil their Koi’s potential.

Maeda san’s comments have been borne out at the All Japan Koi Show where year after year, Momotaro bred males have returned to the show and take major male awards, of course above 55bu males and females compete seperately.

So what does this have to do with the title of this news story?

I heard today from my friend Tanaichanok Limpanusorn, more commonly and simply known as Joe, from Koi Kichi Fish Farm in Thailand.

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At the Momotaro Koi Farm auction which took place this passed week Joe stumped up a substantial 1.7million yen (US$14k, £9.5K, €13K) for a 32cm male tosai Showa of MAO bloodline.

In a world where many hobbyists simply dismiss males with complete disregard, what made Joe pay so much for this particular male tosai?

Male Tosai Showa, Momotaro MAO bloodline, 32cm

Male Tosai Showa, Momotaro MAO bloodline, 32cm

‘I bought this Koi because it has strong body, big head, big mouth and as every knows the Mako showa bloodline can grow large even if the Koi is male.

The beni is very thick and shiny all along the body.The kiwa is all maruzome. The sumi is quite good by Momotaro Showa standards.

The pattern is a balanced maruten three step, which is a very popular pattern, however the red pattern is quite too much for a small size Koi to win a good prize now,so i am not expecting it to win a major prize at All Japan level this year.

I think this Koi has a strong body and strong quality so i dont have to shimegai (bonsai) this Koi like normal small male Koi for Koi shows. I asked Maeda san to grow this Koi as fast as he can and i hope it will win a better prize in the future.

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I know the price I bid is very expensive but i love this koi and, as you know…if you like the best Koi in an auction sometimes you have to fight until the end and sometimes the price goes too far.’


Below you can see a video of the Koi.

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