As I explained in my earlier Kawaguchi Koi Show post – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/10/16/2016-kawaguchi-koi-show/ – there are a number of small shows which culminate in the Niigata Nogyosai which takes place in 2 weeks time.

One such show is the Iwamagi Young Koi Show, staged at the JA Nokyo Auction site.

As you can clearly see, this show is actually tiny.  However, whilst small in size, this show packs some big hitters, there is a lot of Koi history in Iwamagi, not least Dainichi Koi Farm and Izumiya Koi Farm, indeed immediately net to the show site is Mano Koi Farm.

Aerial view of Iwamagi Young Koi Show

Aerial view of Iwamagi Young Koi Show

At all kinds of events around Japan you’ll find these kind of banners flying, they each carry the name of a sponsor/donor to the event taking place.

Banners of show sponsors

Banners of show sponsors

I have to confess to never having studied the exact rules of the show in terms of size and variety classes, however this year the Sanke below, bred by Izumiya Koi Farm, was deemed Grand Champion.

Grand Champion, 2016 Iwamagi Young Koi Show, Sanke, Bred by Izumiya

Grand Champion, 2016 Iwamagi Young Koi Show, Sanke, Bred by Izumiya

It’s interesting and important to consider this show, and indeed all of these shows in relation and context to each other, and the ultimate ‘big one’ which takes place in Tokyo in January/February each year.  What do I mean by this?  Well, if we take the Sanke above, is it the best Koi that Izumiya could have entered?  Of course not.  Did, or would, Dainichi enter their best Koi?  No, of course not.  Even when we get to the Niigata Nogyosai, are we seeing the breeder’s best Koi?  No, indeed history shows the Niigata Nogyosai as a stepping stone to the ‘All Japans’, be it Rinyukai, ZNA or Shinkokai Combined Show.


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Many prizes are awarded at the show, alas identifying all, and more so photographing all, would be impossible.

Some show pools, like the one below, are immediately recognisable, Kohaku, Shusui, Kin Matsuba – and if memory serves me right a Kin Showa out of shot – surely from Mano Koi Farm, a master of all aforementioned varieties.

Selection of Mano Koi Farm Koi

Selection of Mano Koi Farm Koi

As you can see in the picture above, there were just 8 pools of Koi.  One however struck me above all others, that is pictured below.

Pool of Koi entered by 'Manzo'

Pool of Koi entered by ‘Manzo’

The Koromo were strikingly good, the Goshiki below piqued my Goshiki fascination, a Koi for the future, a Koi for never, a never delivering gamble?  Who knows, maybe we never will…..

Interesting 'Manzo' Goshiki

Interesting ‘Manzo’ Goshiki

The image captions above tell you that these Koi are from ‘Manzo’.  I understand that ‘Manzo’ isn’t a Shinkokai member (a reply that really meant nothing to me) and is staff at Sakazume Koi Farm.

If you search Google for references to Koi and Manzo you’ll learn that they were an influential Kohaku bloodline, and originated from Iwamagi.


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At the time of writing this the mystery continues, is this a wonderful part of Nishikigoi history?

The history of Nishikigoi is so fascinating to me, I hope to establish soon who ‘Manzo’ is.


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