Early afternoon and benching was in full swing at the 4th International Junior Koi Show, as detailed previously 1371 Koi up to 36cm in size were entered – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/04/14/1371-koi-entered-2016-4th-international-junior-koi-show/.  For more details about the show classes, sizes and prizes see our demystified guide – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/07/the-international-junior-koi-show-demystified/.

4th International Junior Koi Show Sign

4th International Junior Koi Show Sign

Yesterday I showed the set up being undertaken inside Nagaoka Hive – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/04/21/4th-international-koi-show-set/.  Those pools will not be used until judging is completed early afternoon on Saturday.  Winners will be placed in winner pools, of which there are a vast number, non winners will go into their respective handler’s pools.

All the action today was outside where the judging will take place from 8.30am Saturday morning.

Aerial view of the outside show set up

Aerial view of the outside show set up

The show pools will contain the ‘Best Koi Gallery’ exhibits of a number of breeders, for visitors that have been to the All Japan Koi Show this is essentially the same as the ‘Yume Ten’, or Dream Koi exhibition.  The smaller pools will contain tosai offered for sale by Niigata breeders.

The white tented area will cover all of the bagged entries during the judging process.

Aerial view of the outside show set up

Aerial view of the outside show set up

Narita Koi Farm entries being prepared

Narita Koi Farm entries being prepared

Bagged entries under tents

Bagged entries under tents

The blue sheets are marked with each size and variety class.  As the number of entrants is already known the space allocated shows that many more entries were yet to arrive in 36bu Kohaku and Sanke classes.


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Some 36bu Kohaku entries

Some 36bu Kohaku entries

Some 36bu Sanke entries

Some 36bu Sanke entries

At the time I was there the Kohaku and Sanke below were my personal favourites but, as I posted there were many, many more Koi to be placed on the blue sheet that I didn’t see, and there were only 2 Showa at that time.

36bu Kohaku entry

36bu Kohaku entry

36bu Sanke entry

36bu Sanke entry

Could it be the year of the Goshiki?  This year the judges will vote for a Grand Champion A Class (from Gosanke and Shiro Utsuri), and a Grand Champion B Class (all other varieties), the 2 Koi will then be judged against each other to choose the overall Grand Champion.

There were only 2 36bu Goshiki at the show when I was there, of which this was the strongest contender in my opinion, but there was space for more to come.

36bu Goshiki entry

36bu Goshiki entry

This 33bu Goshiki adjacent to it was very beautiful.

33bu Goshiki entry

33bu Goshiki entry

All the major winners will be featured on Nishikigoi.Life tomorrow, and as many other Koi as we can manage over the weekend.  Thankfully weather won’t be an issue for taking pictures this year.


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