Over the coming weekends a number of smaller shows take place here in Niigata, effectively building up to the big one, the Niigata Nogyosai, which takes place on 29th and 30th October. You can see all dates of the shows here – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/08/22/niigata-autumn-2016-show-dates/.
Today saw the 9th Kawaguchi Show take place, which as far as I can recall means that I’ve been to all of them, although I could have quite easily missed this one as it had a new location, something I had been unaware of until I reached the old one. A quick phone call to Gibbo confirmed he’d discovered the same, and that the show was now in Kawaguchi town itself where another festival was also taking place.
Grand Champion was taken by this Sanke, best I can tell you for size is ’70 something’, in truth i think well over 70cm. You may recognise this Koi if you have a sharp eye, it is the Sanke that I felt should have won the GC prize at last year’s show – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/10/18/kawaguchi-koi-show-3/.
Below the trophy being presented by Motoharu Hoshino of Koda Koi Farm who is head of both Kawaguchi area, and the larger Nagaoka Breeders Association.
As I mentioned earlier, the shows stagger up in size over the coming weeks, next week some Kawaguchi breeders will participate in the Nagaoka Koi Show, most of them the more familiar names such as Miyatora, Koda, Marusei, Choguro and Yamazaki. Baby Champion at this show was taken by this Doitsu Kohaku bred by Ishizaka Masaki.
Overall the level seemed a little lower than normally seen at this show, below a few show pool shots.
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We’ll bring you full coverage of the aforementioned Nagaoka Koi Show next weekend.