Their can be little doubt that Sakai Fish Farm and Dainichi Koi Farm are the current power houses of Koi production in Japan, and that Narita Koi Farm is the power house in supplying and handling show winning Koi.
Just 3 months ago Kohaku bred by Dainichi and Sakai, both handled by Narita Koi Farm, went head to head in the battle for the crown of All Japan Grand Champion, a battle which was won by the Dainichi Koi.
On the afternoon of Friday 24th March in Kure, Hiroshima, the 2016 All Japan Young Koi Show Grand Champion was crowned, this time it was a Kohaku bred by Sakai Fish Farm that was victorious, beating a Dainichi bred Showa into 2nd place.
The Kohaku was originally sold in 2014 as a jumbo tosai at a Narita Koi Farm shop event, adding it to the ever growing list of champions that have come that route dating back to Sakura, the Dainichi Showa which won Grand Champion at the All Japan Koi Show in 2007. The current All Japan Grand Champion was originally sold via Narita’s online auction site – www.no1koi.com – for what on hindsight sounds a veritable bargain at 210,000yen. It all goes to show that you don’t need to spend 10’s of millions of yen at the mega auctions to challenge big at the major shows, in fact none of those Koi seem to make it big at the major shows.
A week or so ago Ryuki Narita wrote the following on Facebook, I thought they were wonderful words:
‘Koi is so exciting…..Not only good eye…..Not only price…..Please don’t give up…..Try to make your luck!!! Koi are so amazing…..!!!’
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The Showa was also supplied through Narita Koi Farm, not a new Koi on the scene as this Koi was awarded Mature Male Champion. Yes, the Koi is male. When I saw the Koi was runner up a previous conversation with Joe from Koi Kichi Fish Farm fell into place. A few weeks ago I received a message whether a male Koi had won the Wakagoi GC prize in the last 10 years. My research proved negative, so this Koi almost became the first male to win that prize in 10 years.
Not only are Dainichi, Sakai and Narita powerhouses of supplying winning Koi, so too are Samurai Koi Centre of Indonesia and Koi Kichi Fish Farm of Thailand, between them I would think they have supplied more champions to hobbyists in their countries than any other dealers, there is no doubt that Thailand is going Koi crazy at the moment.
It’s very pleasing to have those 3 big players, Narita Koi Farm, Samurai Koi Centre and Koi Kichi Fish Farm as advertisers on Nishikigoi.Life.