If you’ve read any of the ‘demystified’ guides to the All Japan Koi Show, Wakagoi Show or International Junior Koi Show, you’ll be aware that the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association (AJNPA or Shinkokai) now divides Koi into 21 variety classifications.

The most recent addition being the Mujimono class which was introduced with effect of the 2016 All Japan Koi Show – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/11/28/new-mujimono-variety-class-for-2016-all-japan-koi-show/.

Not all shows in Japan are the same, for example the ZNA uses 17 variety classes at its All Japan Show (it doesn’t have Doitsu, Kujaku, Kumonryu or Hi/Ki Utsuri classes).  At the Niigata Nogyosai, just 11 variety classes are used (Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Utsurimono, Hikarimuji, Kinginrin, Goshiki/Koromo, Kawarimono, Hikarimoyo, Doitsugoi and Tancho).  Wherever you are in the world chances are your shows use less than the 21 varieties of the AJNPA.

When the 1st All Japan Koi Show was held in 1968 there were just 7 varieties.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Utsurimono
  4. Hikarimuji
  5. Hikarimoyo
  6. Asagi/Shusui
  7. Kawarimono

When the 2nd show took place in 1970 (it had moved from December to January hence the gap) the number had increased to 8 with the addition of Showa.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi/Shusui
  8. Kawarimono

A year later, at the 3rd show the number of varieties increased to 11.


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  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi/Shusui
  8. Kawarimono
  9. Bekko
  10. Kinginrin
  11. Hikariutsuri

At the 5th Show in 1973 Tancho were added.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi/Shusui
  8. Kawarimono
  9. Bekko
  10. Kinginrin
  11. Hikariutsuri
  12. Tancho

Koromo were added as the 13th variety class for the 8th show in 1976.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi/Shusui
  8. Kawarimono
  9. Bekko
  10. Kinginrin
  11. Hikariutsuri
  12. Tancho
  13. Koromo

It wasn’t for another 7 years, 1983 and the 15th show that the next variety was added, Doitsugoi.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi/Shusui
  8. Kawarimono
  9. Bekko
  10. Kinginrin
  11. Hikariutsuri
  12. Tancho
  13. Koromo
  14. Doitsugoi

At the 20th show in 1988 there were quite a few changes.  Asagi and Shusui became varieties in their own rights.  Kinginrin was split into Ginrin A and Ginrin B.  Goshiki was added as a new variety class.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi
  8. Shusui
  9. Goshiki
  10. Kawarimono
  11. Ginrin A
  12. Ginrin B
  13. Bekko
  14. Hikariutsuri
  15. Tancho
  16. Koromo
  17. Doitsugoi

The 1994 and 26th show saw the addition of Kujaku and Kumonryu.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Utsurimono
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi
  8. Shusui
  9. Goshiki
  10. Kawarimono
  11. Ginrin A
  12. Ginrin B
  13. Bekko
  14. Hikariutsuri
  15. Tancho
  16. Koromo
  17. Doitsugoi
  18. Kujaku
  19. Kumonryu

Until 2012 and the 43rd show that was how things remained.  In 2012 Utsurimono was split into 2 classes, Shiro Utsuri in one, Ki Utsuri and Hi Utsuri in the other.  2012 also saw the introduction of the Botan and Tsubaki awards.


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  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Shiro Utsuri
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi
  8. Shusui
  9. Goshiki
  10. Kawarimono
  11. Ginrin A
  12. Ginrin B
  13. Bekko
  14. Hikariutsuri
  15. Tancho
  16. Koromo
  17. Doitsugoi
  18. Kujaku
  19. Kumonryu
  20. Ki Utsuri/Hi Utsuri

In 2016 the 21st variety, Mujimono, was introduced.

  1. Kohaku
  2. Sanke
  3. Showa
  4. Shiro Utsuri
  5. Hikarimuji
  6. Hikarimoyo
  7. Asagi
  8. Shusui
  9. Goshiki
  10. Kawarimono
  11. Ginrin A
  12. Ginrin B
  13. Bekko
  14. Hikariutsuri
  15. Tancho
  16. Koromo
  17. Doitsugoi
  18. Kujaku
  19. Kumonryu
  20. Ki Utsuri/Hi Utsuri
  21. Mujimono

 

21 Variety Classes of the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association

21 Variety Classes of the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association

 


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