The build up to the Niigata Nogyosai starts through the week before as breeders harvest their best ponds and entry closing date approaches.  The likes of Isa, Dainichi and Nogami can often be found just ‘popping in’ to one another’s Koi houses to check out the competition at the show.  Indeed, it’s pretty easy to get to see the entry Koi yourself during that time.

However, early on the Saturday morning of the show is the first chance to see all of the Koi close up and together.  Between 8 and 10am some of the finest Koi produced in Niigata are assembled at the Niigata Nogyosai, the highlight of the Niigata Koi show calendar, and for me probably the most enjoyable show of the year, come rain or shine, and it is usually the former, this morning was no exception.

Despite the damp weather, as always, there were plenty of smiles to be seen around the show ground, not least Mrs Hasegawa below who called to me with a big smile on her face as she wheeled in a trolley of Koi, the first time I’ve seen her this year.

Mrs Hasegawa

Mrs Hasegawa

Likewise Nobuaki Hiroi who I featured on here what seems like may weeks ago now – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/09/chogoro-solid-platinum/

Nobuaki Hiroi

Nobuaki Hiroi

Maruhiro staff

Maruhiro staff

I’ve mentioned Maruhiro Koi Farm several times this harvest season, and the fact they have such a wide range of different varieties, unique Koi, and high class Gosanke.

Hironori Hirasawa aka Maruhiro

Hironori Hirasawa aka Maruhiro

Hironori Hirasawa aka Maruhiro

Hironori Hirasawa aka Maruhiro

Ikarashi and Fukushima

Ikarashi and Fukushima

The Showa below looked quality in the bag, and out of the bag.  It will feature in the major winners when they are posted later.


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Ikarashi Kazuto Showa released from bag

Ikarashi Kazuto Showa released from bag

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Maruboshi

Maruboshi

Marusei staff

Marusei staff

Mitsunori Isa, Hidemasa Hirasawa and Isa staff

Mitsunori Isa, Hidemasa Hirasawa and Isa staff

Some years it seems that Dainichi perhaps don’t enter their best Koi, or make the biggest challenge that they could, other years they bring a whole bunch of superb Koi, this was one of those years.  Indeed, at present there is a 3 year cycle to the Grand Champion winner that started in 2008 with Nogami, 2009 Dainichi, 2010 Isa, 2011 Nogami, 2012 Dainichi, 2013 Isa, 2014 Nogami.  If that cycle were to continue, this year would be Dainichi’s year.  I must say that I’m not suggesting that the result is contrived in any way, there are other breeders who very much want to win the show as much as those 3, and if Isa and Nogami could win every year they would.

First out a big Showa, 84cm, but would it be big enough?

Dainichi staff

Dainichi staff

When the next Kohaku came out she leaped ahead of the Showa as my contender for GC.

Dainichi staff

Dainichi staff

Dainichi staff

Dainichi staff

And then this Kohaku came out and for me stood head and shoulders above the other 2 Koi, and indeed all the other entries at the show, I was sure she would be crowned GC in just a few hours time.


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Dainichi staff

Dainichi staff

Dainichi Kohaku

Dainichi Kohaku

Dainichi Kohaku

Dainichi Kohaku

Dainichi Kohaku

Dainichi Kohaku

Judging would commence at 1pm, then we would find out who would become the 2015 Niigata Nogyosai Grand Champion……


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