The All Japan Koi Show, and the All Japan Wakagoi Show, which we demystified in the posts below have a very similar set of rules, classes and prizes.

All Japan Koi Show Demystified – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/01/18/2016-all-japan-koi-demystified/

Wakagoi Show Demystified – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/02/28/the-wakagoi-show-demystified/

The International Junior Koi Show however, which will be staged for the 4th time in Niigata on 23rd and 24th April – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/02/03/4th-international-junior-koi-show/ – is rather different, particularly with regards to the prizes which are awarded.

In this post we’ll demystify the International Junior Koi Show and explain how the show classes and prizes are organised.

Size classes

  • Size divisions are from 12cm up to 36cm, 12cm, 15cm, 18cm and continuing in steps of 3cm up to 36cm.
  • The number represents the maximum length of Koi in that division, i.e. 33bu is for Koi over 30cm and up to 33cm.
  • The division is referred to as ‘bu’, i.e. 21bu, but please note that ‘bu’ is not a direct translation of ‘cm’, i.e. 22bu is incorrect.

Variety classes

There are now 21 ‘general variety classes’.  The Mujimono class introduced at the 2016 All Japan Koi Show is also present at the International Junior Koi Show with effect from this year – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/11/28/new-mujimono-variety-class-for-2016-all-japan-koi-show/.


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General Variety Classes

  1. Kohaku
  2. Taisho Sanke
  3. Showa Sanshoku
  4. Shiro Utsuri
  5. Hikari Muji
  6. Hikari Moyo
  7. Asagi

    Grand Champion 3rd IJKS Sanke Owned by Paradorn Leosakul (Thailand) Bred by Sakai FF Handled by Narita Koi Farm Agency Koi Kichi Fish Farm

    Grand Champion
    3rd IJKS
    Sanke
    Owned by Paradorn Leosakul (Thailand)
    Bred by Sakai FF
    Handled by Narita Koi Farm
    Agency Koi Kichi Fish Farm

  8. Shusui
  9. Kawarigoi
  10. Goshiki
  11. A Ginrin (Gosanke)
  12. B Ginrin (other than A Ginrin)
  13. Bekko
  14. Hikari Utsuri
  15. Tancho
  16. Koromo
  17. Doitsu Koi (excluding Shusui, Hikarimono, and Kumonryu)
  18. Kujaku (including Doitsu Kujaku)
  19. Kumonryu
  20. Hi Utsuri / Ki Utsuri
  21. Muji Mono

Prizes

The following prizes are awarded.

Grand Champion

– selected from all Koi by all judges, each judge having one vote. Up to 3 ballots may be required until any single Koi receives the required 50% majority vote.

Size Division Overall Champions

  • Mini Champion (12bu-18bu)
  • Junior Champion (21bu-27bu)
  • Young Champion (30bu-36bu)

Size Division Champions

– awarded to the best Koi in each size class, irrespective of variety (9 awards)

Phoenix Award

– a new award for this, the 4th show, effectively best non Gosanke in each size.  Awarded to the best Koi in each size class, excluding varieties Kohaku, Sanke, Showa and Shiro Utsuri (9 awards)

Gold Prize

– awarded for the best Koi in each size and variety class.  Excludes Koi that have won prizes detailed above. (189 awards)

Silver Prize

– awarded to the 2nd best Koi in each size and variety class.  (189 awards)

Bronze Prize

– awarded in each size and variety class, the number of awards varies dependent on the number of Koi entered in each class.  (189+ awards)


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Best in Entries

– awarded to the highest placed Koi based on the entrant’s nationality. Number of awards will vary dependent on the number of participating nationalities, one from each.

Special Prize

– selected from the Gold Prize winners in each variety class, effectively best in variety.  For example, if the 33bu Shiro Utsuri Gold Prize winner was judged the best Shiro Utsuri of all Gold Prize winners it would also win the ‘Special Prize’ for variety Shiro Utsuri.

Most Koi Exhibited Award

– Given to the individual who enters most Koi into the show.

Most Koi Handled Award

– Given to the dealer who handles the most show entries.


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