The 17th Niigata Breeders Auction will be staged on 5th November at Yamakoshi Branch Office. If you wish to bid on a Koi then please contact your dealer, anyone with an agent/representative in Japan can place a bid on your behalf. All of the advertisers on the right hand side of this page can bid for you.
You can see all of the Koi being offered at the auction here – http://jnpa-niigata.com/event/the17th-niigata-auction.html
Below are some of my personal picks from the auction.
I’ve photographed a lot of Goshiki at Kawakami Koi Farm over the last few weeks and this is right up there with the best of them. On the basis of this photograph this looks All Japan Koi Show quality, don’t be surprised if it features there and at the Wakagoi Show in 2016.
I wrote about Hiroi Doitsu Showa a few weeks back – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/13/doitsu-showa/. There has been a bit of a buzz going around about the one below for a few weeks since it became knowledge it would feature in this auction. It is tipped to be the most expensive Koi at the auction, which is some going for a 51cm 2 year old Doitsu Showa. In a little over 48 hours we will know…..
When I wrote about this Showa 12 days ago I had no idea it was going in the auction – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/22/isa-harvest-yonsai-and-above/. I really like this Koi, I love the way the sumi works around the beni, a trait that seems to appear in many Isa Showa at the moment. I think this may be the highest priced Koi, but Mitsunori disagrees.
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Beni Kikokuryu are becoming increasingly popular, really clean ones are pretty unusual though, and this is one such example. I think the picture has been taken from a very low angle making the body appear shortened, and more rounded than it really is. At the same time that makes the pectoral fins look thin and pointy.
The Beni Kikokuryu above is exactly the sort of Koi you would expect from Koshiji Koi Farm. A few years ago Kase san started producing Showa from Sekiguchi and Dainichi parents. This Koi was at last weekend’s Niigata Nogyosai and this photo does it zero justice, it’s far far nicer than the picture shows, however I also tried to photograph it there as well and it just wanted to swim around and around in circles with another Showa in the same pool.
Nogami Kohaku need no introduction, 3 years GC at the Nagaoka Koi Show, Niigata Nogyosai GC in 2008, 2011 and 2014, Kokugyo prizes at the All Japan Koi Show. I think this Koi looks absolutely gorgeous, interesting pattern, great body proportions, beautiful maruzome kiwa throughout. Expensive? Of course it will be! A future champion? Maybe!
I have to confess that I have no idea who Yamada Kiyomi is. However, this Koi looks an incredibly interesting example of Beni Kikokuryu and I would suggest good for AJKS and AJYKS in 2016, and probably beyond.
This autumn I have seen so many good males, Koi that people dismiss just because they are males. There will be a big post about this to come when the harvest season is over. This male Kohaku is a typical example, excellent qualities, good strong body shape, nice pattern, and many will reject at any price, because it’s a male. Could be a steal at the auction.
Which are your favourites?