The spring Niigata Breeders Auction takes place at Yamakoshi Village Office on 4th March 2016, which also happens to be my birthday, so should anyone wish to purchase any of the Koi below for me and enter into the forthcoming shows then they will be gratefully received.

Over the years many winners at the All Japan Koi Show, Wakagoi Show and, more lately, the International Junior Koi Show have been sold through the Niigata Breeders Auction which takes place twice annually.  The was even a future Niigata Nogyosai Grand Champion offered in the event – http://nishikigoi.life/2014/11/10/the-grand-champion-that-almost-slipped-the-net/.

There is time for Koi being auctioned in this event to be entered into either the Wakagoi Show which takes place on 26th and 27th March – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/02/03/33rd-all-japan-wakagoi-show/ – or the International Junior Koi Show which takes place on 23rd and 24th April – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/02/03/4th-international-junior-koi-show/.

Many people want to enter a major Japanese Koi show, this auction, and the 2 shows that follow, give a chance to do so at a reasonable price, and with a real chance of winning a prize, at the International Koi Show you can even represent your country.

Below are some Koi from the auction which I would suggest offer a good chance of the owner winning a prize at the forthcoming shows, along with a few that I think are a little special.

The Koi are presented in the order they appear in the full auction listing here – http://jnpa-niigata.com/event/the18th-niigata-auction%e2%80%8e.html


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Please consider the size classes which differ between the 2 shows and Koi may be more competitive in one or the other:

Wakagoi Show – 12bu, 15bu, 18bu, 23bu, 28bu, 33bu, 38bu, 43bu, 48bu, 53bu, 58bu, 63bu

International Junior Koi Show – 12bu, 15bu, 18bu, 21bu, 24bu, 27bu, 30bu, 33bu, 36bu

Shinoda Koi Farm, set of 3 Doitsu Kohaku tosai

Shinoda Koi Farm, set of 3 Doitsu Kohaku tosai

Shinoda Koi Farm, set of 3 tosai

Shinoda Koi Farm, set of 3 tosai

First up 2 sets of 3 tosai from Shinoda Koi Farm, Doitsu Sanke and Kohaku for 15bu, 2 Doitsu Kohaku and 1 Doitsu Showa for 18bu and a Ginrin Showa for 18bu.  Out of all of them the Doitsu Showa is particularly nice, isn’t it?

Sakamaki Koi Farm, Ginrin Goshiki, 17cm

Sakamaki Koi Farm, Ginrin Goshiki, 17cm

Sakamaki Koi Farm probably not one that people are familiar with, however his small Koi seem to win big prizes at the Niigata Nogyosai regularly – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/11/01/major-winners-2015-niigata-nogyosai/.  Ginrin B into which this Ginrin Goshiki would be entered is a pretty tough class, lots of little bright and shiny Ginrin Goshiki around, but this one seems to tick the right boxes, nice solid body line, good beni pattern, and strong ginrin scalation.

Satoshi Tanaka, Kujaku, 18cm

Satoshi Tanaka, Kujaku, 18cm

Satoshi Tanaka, Doitsu Kin Showa, 20cm

Satoshi Tanaka, Doitsu Kin Showa, 20cm

Satoshi Tanaka won several prizes with his Koi last year at the International Junior Koi Show, and I think these 2 could put people in with a shout this year.  The Kujaku has an interesting pattern, clean and defined matsuba scalation and should show well through the plastic bag in which it will be judged.  The Doitsu Kin Showa would be in Hikari Utsuri class which probably won’t be the most heavily contested class at the show.  Nice interesting ‘beni’ pattern, sumi could be stronger, but typical of Hikari Utsuri.


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AO Aokiya, Beni Kikokuryu, 37cm

AO Aokiya, Beni Kikokuryu, 37cm

At 37cm this Koi is too big for the International Junior Koi Show, but would compete in 38bu Kawarigoi at the Wakagoi Show.  The sort of Koi that would look very striking when judged in bags alongside other entries.

Kanno Koi Farm, Goshiki, 51cm

Kanno Koi Farm, Goshiki, 51cm

Kanno Koi Farm, Ginrin Goshiki, 27cm

Kanno Koi Farm, Ginrin Goshiki, 27cm

Fresh from winning 3 Sakura prizes at the 2016 All Japan Koi Show – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/01/30/2016-all-japan-koi-show-sakura-prize-winners/ – 2 Koi from Kanno.  The first obviously too large for the IJKS, but would be 53bu at the Wakagoi.  Classic Kanno traits, great shine/lustre to the body, almost metallic like, with an interesting unique, clean beni pattern.  However, 53bu Goshiki likely a hugely competitive class at the Wakagoi Show, depending on its exact size, perhaps even against the 55bu Sakura winner from the AJKS.  The Ginrin Goshiki is particularly interesting, I think the debut for Kanno Ginrin Goshiki having acquired the wonderful Minuma Ginrin Goshiki that took 55bu Male Kokugyo at the 2015 AJKS as a parent.  28bu for the wakagoi, 27bu for the IJKS, interesting beni pattern, scale perfect black edging throughout, bright ginrin, it’s a winner in my book…….but will have serious competition, and I suspect a serious price at auction.

Koda Koi Farm, 4 tosai set

Koda Koi Farm, 4 tosai set

At first glance I presumed the Koi on the left and at the top were Ginrin Kohaku, a post by Masato Hoshino of Koda Koi Farm on Facebook reveals them as Ginrin Koromo, so they are kind of unusual.  In show terms I think it is however the Kikusui which is of interest, looks good to compete in Hikarimoyo class.  Of course always a market for a Ginrin Tancho Goshiki with a decent tancho marking.

Marushu Koi Farm, Goshiki, 49cm

Marushu Koi Farm, Goshiki, 49cm

Marushu Koi Farm, situated in Oguni, around 20 minutes drive from the centre of Ojiya, is perhaps a breeder not on too many peoples’ radars.  Also referred to as ‘Abe’, the breeders name being Toshio Abe.  At 49cm maybe a little small to be competitive in the 53bu class at the Wakagoi show.  Really nice looking example of Goshiki though, and a breeder worth noting….

Izumiya, Sanke, Male, 45cm

Izumiya, Sanke, Male, 45cm

Perhaps one of the Koi listed here that I wouldn’t necessarily tout as a contender for the Wakagoi Show, however I do think a great purchase for the future.  I suspect that sumi is going to become wonderfully thick and lustrous over time resulting in an imposing Koi that will fare well in the future.

Sekiguchi, Showa, Tosai, 31cm

Sekiguchi, Showa, Tosai, 31cm

Sekiguchi, Showa, Tosai, 29cm

Sekiguchi, Showa, Tosai, 29cm

Sekiguchi, Showa, Tosai, 35cm

Sekiguchi, Showa, Tosai, 35cm

For me these 3 are perhaps the pick of the auction.  Masayuki Sekiguchi of course won GC at the 2015 Wakagoi Show.  I think all 3 could challenge strongly at either show in their respective size classes, if not what great Koi to grow on.  I think you will need a deep pocket to get any of these 3.


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Kawakami Koi Farm, Kumonryu, 59cm

Kawakami Koi Farm, Kumonryu, 59cm

Wakagoi Show, 63bu Kumonryu class, challenger for a Tsubaki Prize or Best in Variety surely.

Nogami Koi Farm, Kohaku, Set of 3 Tosai, 18cm

Nogami Koi Farm, Kohaku, Set of 3 Tosai, 18cm

Nogami Kohaku need no introduction.  This is one of several sets of Nogami tosai, this being my favourite.  Buy the lot, enter into 18bu Kohaku class at the IJKS, then grow them all on thereafter. The left one looks the best best for a show prize at this age I guess.

Saito Fish Farm, Goshiki, 40cm

Saito Fish Farm, Goshiki, 40cm

Another stunning Goshiki.  Maybe slighty larger competition in 43bu will prove too strong for it. However, what a stunning Goshiki to own, irrespective of show prizes.

Marusaka, Set of 2 tosai

Marusaka, Set of 2 tosai

2 tosai, both in 18bu Hikarimoyo, surely a good chance of a 1st place with one of them.

Oya Koi Farm, Set of 4 Sanke Tosai, 9-11cm

Oya Koi Farm, Set of 4 Sanke Tosai, 9-11cm

Oya, Sanke, 29cm

Oya, Sanke, 29cm

Oya Asagi, 49cm

Oya Asagi, 49cm

Oya Asagi, 62cm

Oya Asagi, 62cm

Some interesting Koi entered into the auction by Taro Kataoka at Oya Koi Farm.  His Adult Champion winning Sanke perhaps one of the most talked about Koi at the 2016 AJKS – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/01/29/major-winners-2016-all-japan-koi-show/.  The set of 4 tosai contains 2 11cm Sanke which surely are good to challenge in the 12bu class at either the Wakagoi or IJKS.  Thereafter 4 interesting Sanke to grow on, all exhibiting strong powerful sumi patterns, as did the Adult Champion.  The single larger 29cm tosai also exhibits that strong sumi characteristic.  Looks a potentially good challenger for the 30bu class at the IJKS, the Wakagoi would see it in 33bu where its size may fall short of other challengers.  Oya are without question from one of the best 2 breeders of Asagi in Japan and there are 2 great looking examples in the auction, the larger surely a potential challenger for best in variety at the Wakagoi.

The above are just a few of the 201 lots that will be offered at the auction on 4th March.  As mentioned earlier you can see all of the lots here – http://jnpa-niigata.com/event/the18th-niigata-auction%e2%80%8e.html


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If you wish to bid on any lots then in the first instance contact your preferred dealer in your country.  Most dealers will have an agent in Japan who can bid on their/your behalf.

If you do bid, good luck, if you win at the auction and then enter one of the shows, even greater luck…..


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