I’m sure that you are probably aware that I have a big preference for Showa above other varieties, by a long way my favourite.

I have made a couple of posts earlier in the year regarding parents and, moreso, potential parents sets at Purdin Koi Farm.

I was really keen to see the results this year, and as soon as I looked in the ponds of newly harvested tosai I could see plenty of Showa, and nice Showa at that.

Yesterday we went through the process of photographing all the tategoi, and below are my personal top 16 Showa tosai that will be grown out over the winter, and then potentially through summer next year.

I don’t have time right now to give any real explanations why these are my favourites, but I will do as soon as I can.

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa


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Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

This Koi is probably my number 2, at first I thought the head maybe a little short, but it is the pattern that creates that effect.

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Here is my number 1, I think it has great qualities, and I’m sure it’s got a bit of Isa influence in it, we need to try and find which spawning it originated from by going back through the records Maureen keeps.

My number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

My number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Side view of my number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Side view of my number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Close up of head of my number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Close up of head of my number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Side view of my number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Side view of my number 1 Purdin Tosai Showa

Much more to come from Purdin over the coming days.


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