As we detailed recently, the 17th Dainichi Auction takes place on 28th February 2017 – 17th Dainichi Koi Farm Auction – 28th February 2017.

The auction website features over 150 Dainichi tosai and these have been given star ratings from 5 to zero by the farm.  Of course, one of the wonders of Nishikigoi is that beauty (and value) is in the eye of the beholder, and what what a breeder rates as the highest in terms of quality, value, potential, or a combination of all three, doesn’t always match the rating of the customer.

One of my favourite Koi tales of all time is that of Sakura, the 2007 All Japan Grand Champion, co-incidentally bred by Dainichi Koi Farm of course.  In summary a less beautiful than others nisai Showa remained unsold after being offered as part of a grow out event at Narita Koi Farm.  Thereafter she was sold at a reduced price.  That ugly ‘duckling’ would go on to develop into the most beautiful ‘swan’, claim the highest prize in the world of Nishikigoi and be regarded by many as one of the most beautiful Koi of all time, myself included.

So, leaving the starred Koi to one side, is there a future star hidden among the starless Koi at the Dainichi auction……here are a few that caught my eye….if the price is right of course….

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

The Showa above is perhaps my favourite.  The frame is pleasing, the neat motoguro on each pectoral fin is pleasing too.  We have a little solid black on the body, and suggestion of more underlying sumi.  The beni pattern is sparse, and the sashi maybe be a little uneven.

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

This one is a complete shock to me to be starless, unless I’m missing something obvious, or not so obvious, from the picture.


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17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

Another Kohaku from the SuperRikidozan line.  Some may find the pattern too busy, some may not like the forward maruten pattern touching the nostrils and eyes.  But at 34cm, ‘she’s’ a pretty big tosai and could prove a good punt.

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

I think this beni pattern is quite attractive, and the quality seems OK.  I guess the weakness appears to lie in body and the pecs seem a little small.

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

This Kohaku is the same parent as the one above (and incidentally the only 5 star tosai in the auction).  The body and pectoral fins are almost identical to the one above.  As you can see the bowl colour is completely different.  I would guess they were taken on the same day, and the colour difference is a camera setting, which of course makes it impossible to compare red and white as well.  Both of these 2 Kohaku could be worth checking out closer in the flesh.

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

At 24cm this offspring of ‘Monster2’ is no monster itself, indeed siblings in the auction are 50% longer at 36cm.  However, if size isn’t the be all and end all for you, then there are some nice qualities to this Showa.  There appears to be a little motoguro at the base of the pectoral fins, and some solid sumi on the white ground to give us hope of more developing.  Most of the sumi falls on the white ground and is balanced in placement.  Could end up an attractive Koi, if not a ‘monster’.

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

Both the Showa above, and below, are the kind for the gambler.  Both have some appealing aspects.  The body of the one above a little weak, the head pattern of the one below a little sparse, and so dependent on what the sumi does.  Are you a gambler?

17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

Finally, another SuperRikidozan Kohaku.  I guess the pattern a little lacking in several areas, but if you want a SuperRikidozan Kohaku and it is at the right price, it could be for you….


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17th Dainichi Auction

17th Dainichi Auction

Of course, all tosai are a gamble, whether they have 5 stars or no stars.

If you are looking to pick up a Koi at the Dainichi auction within a budget, that, with a bit of luck, good fortune and a following wind, comes good, then maybe one of the above could be the Koi you are looking for…..

See all of the auction Koi on the Dainichi Koi Farm website – http://ocs.sub.jp/na/list.php?AuctionNo=17


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