Earlier today I was editing the article ‘The Importance of Pattern‘ to publish here on the new wordpress.niigata-nishikigoi.com site.

In that article you can find this image

Kohaku based on Masao Kato's ZNA Grand Champion of 2002

Kohaku based on Masao Kato’s ZNA Grand Champion of 2002

In the article I write, ‘This was a Koi I fell in love with at first sight at the 2001 ZNA show’.

Whilst sorting through some old magazines a few weeks ago I found just a few old Japanese ZNA magazines.  One was from January 2002, one from January 2003, in them the results from the 2001 and 2002 ZNA All Japan Koi Shows respectively.

Having posted the pattern article I went to dig out those old magazines.

Sadly KHV in 2003 robbed us of Japanese style shows where all of the contenders in a size and class would be placed together or in adjacent show pools in far greater numbers than we see now.  The sight of perhaps 8 or 10 80cm Koi together was quite something.


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Koi on display at 2001 ZNA Show

Koi on display at 2001 ZNA Show

With me at the show I had my very first digital camera, a little Olympus compact, and the pictures leave a lot to be decided.  I recall my companions not being too bothered hanging around at the show.  Certainly I don’t have many pics, although I was trying to get a pic of that Kohaku with little success it seems!

The Kato Kohaku

The Kato Kohaku

The Kato Kohaku

The Kato Kohaku

Looking at the results of the show I’m surprised that the Kohaku only got 3rd in size 80bu Kohaku, something I’d have been completely unaware of when I was at the show, judging was still going on.  Certainly she left a mark on me that was for sure.

Top 3 80bu Kohaku 2001 ZNA All Japan Koi Show (right column)

Top 3 80bu Kohaku 2001 ZNA All Japan Koi Show (right column)

The following year the Kohaku was to have its day, and quite a step up from the previous year, going from 3rd in 80bu to Grand Champion very impressive, also it would have beaten Koi in a larger size class too, it was 85bu, there was an over 85bu class too.

Here she is on the cover of Nichirin, also inside the magazine with the official ZNA judges comments on her.

Nichirin Magazine Cover January 2003

Nichirin Magazine Cover January 2003

Masao Kato Kohaku, Grand Champion 2002 ZNA Koi Show

Masao Kato Kohaku, Grand Champion 2002 ZNA Koi Show

Masao Kato Kohaku, Grand Champion 2002 ZNA Koi Show

Masao Kato Kohaku, Grand Champion 2002 ZNA Koi Show

Comments on Masao Kato's Kohaku, Grand Champion 2002 ZNA Koi Show

Comments on Masao Kato’s Kohaku, Grand Champion 2002 ZNA Koi Show

I’ve been fortunate to see most of the very Koi produced in Japan over the last 15 years or so through attending the All Japan Koi Show for the last 10 years yet still, a Koi from my first trip to Japan in 2001 still lives long in the memory.


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