Please note this report does not include prices of any auctioned Koi, please do not contact us to ask about them, this information is between the buyer and Dainichi Koi Farm only.

Following the weekend’s International Junior Koi Show there was a very strong turn out of bidders at today’s 13th Dainichi Koi Farm Auction, including all of Japan’s leading dealers, international dealers and a number of breeders from around the country.

As well as the Koi which were featured on the Dainichi Koi Farm website for a week or so on the build up to the auction, there were hundreds of other tosai which were offered in small batches.

13th Dainichi Auction website listing

13th Dainichi Auction website listing

All of the available lots were displayed in show pools outside to enable prospective bidders to inspect them closely before being auctioned.

13th Dainichi Auction - Special numbers 3, 5, 7 and 10

13th Dainichi Auction – Special numbers 3, 5, 7 and 10

‘Special 05’ was my personal favourite of the ‘special’ tosai on offer.

13th Dainichi Auction - Special number 5

13th Dainichi Auction – Special number 5

13th Dainichi Auction - Tosai mix

13th Dainichi Auction – Tosai mix

At 9.30am Futoshi Mano gave a welcome and opening speech before Takashi Omosako led the kampai toast.


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Futoshi Mano gives opening address

Futoshi Mano gives opening address

Kampai toast led by Takashi Omosako

Kampai toast led by Takashi Omosako

Two lines of chairs were on either side of a red carpet down which each bowled lot was pushed in front of the potential bidders.

Lot being wheeled between rows of bidders

Lot being wheeled between rows of bidders

Each bidder had a rice spoon with their bidders number.  If the bidder had a lucky number then chances are there was a spoon available with it on.

Rice spoons with bidder's number on them

Rice spoons with bidder’s number on them

The 5 auctioneers took it in turn.

Auctioneer - Taro Kataoka

Auctioneer – Taro Kataoka

Auctioneer - Ryu Mano

Auctioneer – Ryu Mano

Auctioneer - Yoshikazu Otsuka

Auctioneer – Yoshikazu Otsuka

Auctioneer - Dainichi Staff Member

Auctioneer – Dainichi Staff Member

Auctioneer - Takayuki Kobari

Auctioneer – Takayuki Kobari

Auction 'clapper board' showing value of the current bid

Auction ‘clapper board’ showing value of the current bid

It was interesting to note that on many occasions Koi with maybe only 3 stars or no stars at all, would go for higher prices than those which had been rated higher before the auction.  It seemed that parent lineage had a significant bearing on this.

As is often the case, it was the final lot of the day which attracted the most excitement, and indeed the highest bid, although as already stated we will not reveal that.

The sansai Showa seemed to start quite slowly from its starting price of 500,000yen.  However, a couple of rapid jumps soon pushed it higher.


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Throughout the day Mitsunori Isa could often be seen looking at this Koi and he was indeed one of the bidders gunning for her.

Mitsunori Isa

Mitsunori Isa

His rival as the bidding came to an end was Kenji Tani of Tani Fish Farm.

Kenji Tani

Kenji Tani

Max Ng from Max Koi Farm Singapore encouraging Mitsunori Isa to continue bidding

Max Ng from Max Koi Farm Singapore encouraging Mitsunori Isa to continue bidding

Despite the encouragement of Max Ng of Max Koi Farm in Singapore it was Mitsunori who folded first leaving Kenji Tani as the successful bidder for ‘Special 23’.

Special23, highest priced lot of the 13th Dainichi Auction

Special23, highest priced lot of the 13th Dainichi Auction

Just before 4pm the auction came to and, over 6 hours of bidding had seen hundreds of Dainichi Koi sold to be shipped around the world.

Bagged lots of tosai after the auction

Bagged lots of tosai after the auction


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