Yamakoshi, and specifically Takezawa Village, is officially recognised as the birthplace of Nishikigoi.

In November 1966 a small stone monument was erected in Takezawa Village to acknowledge the fact.

The image below is from the 1973 book ‘Koi of the World – Japanese Colored Carp’.

Nishikigoi birthplace monument

Nishikigoi birthplace monument

Since then it seems that the monument has had a rather existence.

The picture below looks from Takezawa Village across to Kanagura Yama in the distance.  The large building in the middle is the now demolished Takezawa Junior High School.  Those familiar with the area will know the relatively new houses on the main road near to Takezawa Post Office and Yamakoshi Branch Office.  Those houses are built on the same piece of land.

Apparently the monument was first located outside a home near the school, before being moved to the actual school itself.


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Takezawa Village, Yamakoshi

Takezawa Village, Yamakoshi

The picture below appears in Peter Waddington’s ‘Koi Kichi’ in which he states this picture was taken in 1985 on the roadside between Mushigame and Katsuraya.  Published in 1995, Peter writes, ‘[the monument] has now been rightfully resited at Takezawa and denotes the actual birthplace of Nishikigoi.’

Nishikigoi birthplace monument (photographed 1985)

Nishikigoi birthplace monument (photographed 1985)

Since 2007 the monument has been at the then already closed Nishikigoi Sogo Centre where it was photographed below in November 2013.

Nishikigoi birthplace monument (photographed 2013)

Nishikigoi birthplace monument (photographed 2013)

Nishikigoi birthplace monument (photographed 2013)

Nishikigoi birthplace monument (photographed 2013)

I have to say that being located at Nishikigoi Sogo Centre in Takezawa meant it was rather hidden and out of the way, I would suspect many visitors couldn’t even find it if they looked.

Now the monument has been moved again, this time to the rather more prominent location of Yamakoshi Branch Office where there is already a display of Nishikigoi and where many Yamakoshi tourists visit.

Nishikigoi birthplace monument, now located at Yamakoshi Branch Office

Nishikigoi birthplace monument, now located at Yamakoshi Branch Office

The map below shows the relative locations of the places mentioned.

Nishikigoi birthplace monument location map

Nishikigoi birthplace monument location map


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