Hi Utsuri have perhaps had a bit of a resurgence in recent years.
A couple of years the All Japan Shinkokai split the Utsurimono show class, meaning that Shiro Utsuri are now judged separately from Hi Utsuri and Ki Utsuri. Also the introduction of Botan awards at the All Japan Koi Show gives them the opportunity of winning a major prize.
Shinoda Koi Farm is without question the master of Hi Utsuri and indeed jumbo Hi Utsuri, capable of growing to sizes of 1m. Last November a Shinoda Hi Utsuri was the star of the Niigata Breeders’ Auction, being the highest priced Koi of the day. That particular Koi was part of this harvest and measured 88cm.
The pictures below were taken today as the newly harvested Koi were unloaded from transportation tanks to the concrete pond which will house them over winter.
As you can see these Koi really are quite huge, the largest harvested around 95cm in size.
There are many hundreds of smaller examples available for purchase at Shinoda Koi Farm too.