The 19th Niigata Breeders Auction was staged at Yamakoshi Branch Office, Nagaoka, on 1st November 2016.

Following hot on the heels of the Niigata Nogyosai and Dainichi auction ensured that there was a large attendance of potential bidders.

Yamakoshi Branch Office really is in the heart of Nishikigoi country, as you can see in the image below it is literally surrounded by mud ponds.  It is situated in Takezawa Village which is considered the very birthplace of Nishikigoi.

Yamakoshi Branch Office, in the heart of Nishikigoi country

Yamakoshi Branch Office, in the heart of Nishikigoi country

From 8.30am until 10am the auction lots were all on display in show pools outside the building.  This building is actually a sports hall and gymnasium, the building to the left housing the administrative offices,  visitor centre and earthquake museum.

It was a crisp autumnal morning which turned progressively more wintery as the day wore on.

Pools displaying auction lots outside Yamakoshi Branch Office

Pools displaying auction lots outside Yamakoshi Branch Office

I’d picked out a number of Koi from the website listing over the preceeding days but for me, like the other visitors, this was the first chance to see many of the Koi close up properly.  Below are a few Koi that particularly interested me for one reason or another.  Unfortuately before I’d had chance to photograph all the Koi I wanted to the rain came in and stopped play.


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Before last autumn’s Niigata Breeders Auction I had picked out a couple of Beni Kikokuryu and tipped them for show success.  Following that of course we saw a Beni Kikokuryu win the International Junior Koi Show in April – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/04/26/4th-international-junior-koi-show-grand-champion-voting/.  I’ve witnessed some truly stunning examples in Poland at Yoshikigoi, and 2 examples won Governor prizes at last weekend’s Niigata Nogyosai – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/10/30/major-winners-2016-niigata-nogyosai/.  The seemingly increasing interest in the ‘Kikokuryu’ varieties leads me to conclude that they may become the next Goshiki, in terms of a variety that really sees incredible progress, however that’s another story for another day.

The example of Ki Kikokuryu was bred by Hosokai Koi Farm.  When I highlighted it in my male selection a few days back I wrote ‘Nice pattern, neat scales on dorsal ridge, one to see in real life i think.’  It certainly was one to see in real life, that whole area between the head and dorsal fin was particularly beautiful and interesting, the metallic silver grey incredibly shiny.

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu, Yonsai, 58cm, Male

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu, Yonsai, 58cm, Male

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu

Hosokai Koi Farm, Ki Kikokuryu

I had seen this Koi swimming in a pond at Hiroi Koi farm and it looked stunning.  In close up it was even more stunning, an absolutely gorgeous example Ginrin Sanke.  The sumi is just so deep and glossy, and perfectly placed.

Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanke, Sansai, 63cm, Female

Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanke, Sansai, 63cm, Female

Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanke

Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanke

Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanke

Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanke

If there was a prize for best pool of Koi at the auction then for me this would be it, in fact there was another Koi in it, but not in the shot, a Shiro Bekko.  It wasn’ left out for any particular reason, it just wasn’t in shot.  I had highlighted both Sanke, the left one being female, the right one a male, in my preview posts.

Ooya Koi Farm auction entries

Ooya Koi Farm auction entries

This Sanke was just beautiful in all departments really.

Ooya Koi Farm, Sanke, Nisai, Female, 49cm

Ooya Koi Farm, Sanke, Nisai, Female, 49cm

Never really been an Asagi fan, however when you see one like this example below……


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Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi, Sansai, 66cm

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi, Sansai, 66cm

The detail in the scales close up is really quite amazing and beautiful.

Scalation on Ooya Asagi

Scalation on Ooya Asagi

This Sanke had beautiful quality, however in this image, and the auction image you would understandably think that the sumi was essentially just on one side.

Ooya Koi Farm, Sanke, Nisai, 52cm, Male

Ooya Koi Farm, Sanke, Nisai, 52cm, Male

From the side shot we can see sumi is also coming on this side of the Koi which will add much needed balance.

Ooya Koi Farm, Sanke

Ooya Koi Farm, Sanke

I saw this Koi at the Niigata Nogyosai and it confirmed what I thought from the auction listing picture.  Pure quality!!  I’m sure you are getting bored of me banging on about sumi quality and its importance on Showa, but just look at that sumi!  My personal number 1 Koi at the auction.

Isa Koi Farm, Showa, 63cm, Female, Sansai

Isa Koi Farm, Showa, 63cm, Female, Sansai

Isa Koi Farm, Showa

Isa Koi Farm, Showa

Isa Koi Farm, Showa

Isa Koi Farm, Showa

At 10am each lot was individually rebagged and carried inside the building where the auction would take place.

Miya (left) and Otsuka

Miya (left) and Otsuka

Hiroi Koi Farm

Hiroi Koi Farm

Hosokai Koi Farm

Hosokai Koi Farm

Ooya Koi Farm

Ooya Koi Farm

Sakazume Koi Farm

Sakazume Koi Farm

Hirashin Koi Farm

Hirashin Koi Farm

The hall was as full as I’ve ever witnessed at a Niigata Breeders Auction, people seated 3 rows deep and more stood behind.  At 11am Mitsunori Isa, now head of the Niigata District Shinkokai, made a welcome speech and led a toast to get things underway.


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Mitsunori Isa leads a toast before the auction starts

Mitsunori Isa leads a toast before the auction starts

Each lot is wheeled between the rows of bidders

Each lot is wheeled between the rows of bidders

The 4 autctioneers for the day took it in turns to run each lot.

Hoshino

Hoshino

Taro Kataoka

Taro Kataoka

Ryu Mano

Ryu Mano

Yoshikazu Otsuka

Yoshikazu Otsuka

The wooden block board in front of the auctioneer displays the running value of the highest bid however, I suspect that none of the visitors use that to follow the price, and indeed for many the speed of the auction and the auctioneers calling of the current bid is too fast for many to follow as well.  Thankfully modern technology come to the rescue as each lot is displayed on a large screen with the running highest bid continuously updated.

The wooden blocks also display the highest bid

The wooden blocks also display the highest bid

Updating the bid amount on the screen

Updating the bid amount on the screen

The current lot and the bid amount are displayed on a large TV

The current lot and the bid amount are displayed on a large TV

At the end of each lot the bidding number of the succesful bidder is written on the plastic bag where the Koi will remain for the remainder of the auction.

The winner's number is written on the bag

The winner’s number is written on the bag

A number of Nishikigoi.Life advertisers were in attendance, and indeed in the thick of the bidding, at the auction.

Michael Hernandez, Tomigai and Kois and Ponds

Michael Hernandez, Tomigai and Kois and Ponds

Ryuki Narita, Narita Koi Farm

Ryuki Narita, Narita Koi Farm

Bavornsak Supaton, Koi Marr Farm

Bavornsak Supaton, Koi Marr Farm

Kiki Sutarki, Samurai Koi Centre

Kiki Sutarki, Samurai Koi Centre

Thomas Pohl, Koi Aqua

Thomas Pohl, Koi Aqua

Joe, Koi Kichi Fish Farm

Joe, Koi Kichi Fish Farm

Dani and Algeric Berdin, DnA Koi

Dani and Algeric Berdin, DnA Koi

Just before 2.30pm it was time for the final lot of the day, the Ooya Asagi detailed above.  The lot saw Kiki Sutarki of Samurai Koi Centre, and Michael Hernandez for Kois and Ponds, locked in a bidding war in which Kiki finished victorious.

Michael Hernandez and Kiki Sutarki battle for Ooya Asagi

Michael Hernandez and Kiki Sutarki battle for Ooya Asagi

Unsurprisingly the Asagi was one of the most expensive lots of the day, however, the honour of most expensive lot fell to the Isa Showa, the price however we will of course not disclose.


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Isa Koi Farm, Showa, 63cm, Female, Sansai

Isa Koi Farm, Showa, 63cm, Female, Sansai

 


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