On 29th January 2016, a judging panel consisting of around 80 Nishikigoi professionals, all members of the All Japan Shinkokai, will elect a Koi as Grand Champion of the 47th All Japan Koi Show, 2016 Nishikigoi of the World, the World Champion of Koi.

In this article we’ll look at some of the likely contenders for this, the most prestigious of Koi show prizes.

Koi don’t suddenly appear on the Koi Show scene at the top level, invariably they have been title contenders at smaller sizes, or at smaller shows previously, certainly that is my experience of the last 10 years, and looking at old magazines it would appear to have been the case for many years, I say that having been taken to task last year for ‘spoiling’ the show by talking about the champions in advance.

Momotaro Showa - 'Lion Queen' - 2014 Grand Champion

Momotaro Showa – ‘Lion Queen’ – 2014 Grand Champion

Grand Champion in 2014 Lion Queen of course wasn’t allowed to enter in 2015 as protocol states the champion cannot return the following year.  In 2014 she made it a double by winning the ZNA Grand Champion title as well.  If she is entered into the show, and were she to take the GC title then she would be only the 3rd Koi to have won the Shinkokai All Japan GC title on 2 occasions, following the famous Kohaku Loulan and M-Legend.  She would also be the 2nd Koi over 1 metre to win the title as well.  Above photograph was taken at the 2014 All Japan Koi Show.

Dainichi Kohaku - 2015 ZNA Grand Champion

Dainichi Kohaku – 2015 ZNA Grand Champion

This Dainichi Kohaku first appeared on the show scene when it won the Niigata Nogyosai in October 2012.  In February 2013 she was awarded 85bu Kokugyo Prize at the All Japan Koi Show before taking Grand Champion at the Rinyukai Show in November that year.  In January 2014 she won the 90bu Kokugyo prize at the All Japan Show.  She didn’t appear at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show suggestion being that she was not in condition to compete, however in November 2015 she won the ZNA Grand Champion prize.  I understand her owner also owns the Dainichi Toyota Kohaku featured later, this may or may not affect whether she attends the show. Photo taken at the 2014 All Japan Koi Show.

Sakai Fish Farm Kohaku - Best in Variety Kohaku 2015 All Japan Koi Show

Sakai Fish Farm Kohaku – Best in Variety Kohaku 2015 All Japan Koi Show

This Kohaku was in my top 6 at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show. It was awarded the Best in Variety Kohaku at the 2015 All Japan Show, a slight anomaly of course, because the 2 highest prizes were also taken by Kohaku. Photo taken at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show.


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Dainichi Toyota Kohaku - 2015 'Runner up'

Dainichi Toyota Kohaku – 2015 ‘Runner up’

This Kohaku, bred by Hiroshi Mano at Dainichi Toyota won the Grand Champion title at the 2014 Rinyukai Koi Show.  If one individual Koi attracted the most plaudits at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show then it was surely this Koi, runner up to the Sakai Kohaku which took Grand Champion by 43 votes to 37 votes.  The ‘small’ 87cm Koi has, I understand, passed the 90cm mark and looks a very much different Koi, I’m assured for the better.  I shall be waiting patiently for Hiroshi Mano to arrive and unload the Koi on the Thursday before the show into its pool at the Tokyo Ryutsu Centre – I guess I won’t be the only one. Photo taken at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show.

Sakai Fish Farm Kohaku - 85bu Kokugyo Winner 2015 All Japan Koi Show

Sakai Fish Farm Kohaku – 85bu Kokugyo Winner 2015 All Japan Koi Show

This Kohaku has been a personal favourite of mine for several years now, one that has progressed through the sizes.  At the 2013 All Japan Koi Show she was awarded the 75bu Kokugyo prize.  At the 2015 show she won the 85bu Kokugyo prize.  I guess she has now exceeded the 85cm mark so will compete in the 90bu class along with the other big guns detailed above.  My head tells me she will probably be too small to win, my heart however has a real soft spot for her. Photo taken at the 2015 All Japan Koi Show.

Updated 19th January 2016

 

Sakai Kohaku

Sakai Kohaku, Grand Champion 2015 Rinyukai

This Kohaku was left out of the original ‘heavyweight’ selection for one reason only, I didn’t have a picture of it.  This Koi has featured in 90bu at the All Japan Koi Show since 2014.  In November 2015 she was awarded the Grand Champion at the Rinyukai All Japan Koi Show, something that suggests to me she must be significantly improved since 2014.  I don’t have a record of her attending in 2015.  Bred by Sakai Fish Farm and handled by Narita Koi Farm, the information I have says this Kohaku is 94cm in length.  For sure a credible inclusion in this list of heavyweight contenders for the 2016 All Japan Koi Show.

Of course, until anyone sees the Koi in question then it’s impossible to say which may or may not be the strongest challenger.  Anything can happen in the run up to the show, the journey to the event of course being a particularly dangerous time for the Koi.


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What is clear however is that we can expect to see some stunning Koi on display at Tokyo Ryutsu Centre on the weekend of 30th and 31st January 2016.

If you want to know more about the practicalities of visiting the show then have a look at our guide here – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/12/02/visiting-2016-japan-koi-show/.


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