Some great numbers for this year’s All Japan Koi Show. I am told that there are 1881 Koi entered (of course not all are likely to arrive for one reason or another), the highest number in the ‘my pool’ era which started properly in 2005 following the 2003 outbreak of KHV.
Among those 1881 entries are 24 female Gosanke in the largest 90bu size class, and it is from those 24 Koi that we can expect the 2017 All Japan Grand Champion to come.
The 90bu size class is for any Koi in excess of 85cm, and with a number of the entries being around 95cm and over, the chances nowadays of a Koi from the 85bu class challenging for Grand Champion are incredibly slim, if not non existent.
For a greater clarification of sizes and variety classes see our demystified guide here – http://nishikigoi.life/2017/01/14/2016-all-japan-koi-demystified/.
Yesterday I previewed 5 Koi which I felt were likely contenders for the Grand Champion prize – http://nishikigoi.life/2017/01/31/2017-japan-koi-show-grand-champion-contenders/ . Already today I we can see from the images below that one of those Koi is not entered into this show, my top 3 are all entered though, along with the 21 other 90bu females pictured below.