The Niigata division of the All Japan Nishikigoi Association will hold the 20th Niigata Breeders’ Auction on 1st March 2017 at Yamakoshi Branch Office.

The auction is open to authorised dealers only.  If you are interested in purchasing any Koi on offer at the auction then please contact your dealer.  All of the dealers advertising on www.Nishikigoi.Life can assist you with your purchases.

Koi will be available to view in person between 8am-10am on the morning of the auction, and the auction will commence at 11am.

There really are some excellent Koi being offered, it’s easy to pick something interesting from almost every breeder that is entering Koi.  The Koi below are a selection of those which will be offered for auction, presented in the order they appear on the official listing.


Izumiya Koi Farm, Koromo, Tosai, 21cm, Sex unknown

Izumiya Koi Farm,
Koromo,
Tosai,
21cm,
Sex unknown

Everyone knows Izumiya for great Yamabuki Ogon, they also breed more than their fare share of really nice Koromo as well.  While this example is just 21cm it is really appealing.  The pattern is really nice, and whilst still feint, the robing on the scales is defined and even.  For the forthcoming Wakagoi show this would go in 23bu, and assuming it doesn’t actually push through 21cm, then it would be in 21bu at the International Junior Koi Show in April, surely it would be in with a great shout in the Koromo class at both.

Izumiya Koi Farm, Sanke, Tosai, 20cm, Sex unknown

Izumiya Koi Farm,
Sanke,
Tosai,
20cm,
Sex unknown

Izumiya breed Sadazo bloodline Sanke which exhibit strong bold  sumi markings.  This little Sanke is a really pretty example.  Would be really interesting to see how this develops over the coming years.


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Maruhiro Koi farm, Ginrin Ki Matsuba, Nisai, 58cm, Female

Maruhiro Koi farm,
Ginrin Ki Matsuba,
Nisai,
58cm,
Female

A Maruhiro Ginrin Ki Matsuba was awarded best in variety Ginrin B at the 2017 All Japan Koi Show earlier this month.  At the last couple of auctions these kind of Koi of proved popular, I expect this will prove popular too.  Of course, these have great potential to get large which is no doubt a huge part of their attraction.

Maruhiro Koi Farm, Doitsu Nezu Kabuto, Sansai, 68cm, Female

Maruhiro Koi Farm,
Doitsu Nezu Kabuto,
Sansai,
68cm,
Female

There is something about these metallic grey Koi that really appeals to me.  I love the way the skin shines when you look close.  The delicate edge to each of the dorsal scales is also really attractive on this particular Koi.  Something a little different from Maruhiro.

Aoki Koi Farm, Kujaku, Tosai (2 piece), 18-20cm, Sex unknown

Aoki Koi Farm,
Kujaku,
Tosai (2 piece),
18-20cm,
Sex unknown

A couple of clean and pretty patterned tosai Kujaku.  Aoki Koi Farm from Takezawa, Yamakoshi, should not be confused with AO Aokiya (aka ‘Aoki’) from Katakai, Ojiya.

Nogami Koi Farm, Kohaku, Tosai, 28cm, Sex unknown

Nogami Koi Farm,
Kohaku,
Tosai,
28cm,
Sex unknown

Nogami Kohaku are always in demand, their track record at shows speaks for itself.  The 2014 Niigata Nogyosai Grand Champion was actually offered at the Niigata Breeders auction in 2010 as a tosai.  These 2 have very different styles, both have excellent quality, I’d happily take either.

Nogami Koi Farm, Kohaku, Tosai, 24cm, Sex unknown

Nogami Koi Farm,
Kohaku,
Tosai,
24cm,
Sex unknown

Yamamatsu Koi Farm, Sanke, Tosai, 21cm, Sex unknown

Yamamatsu Koi Farm,
Sanke,
Tosai,
21cm,
Sex unknown

This Yamamatsu Sanke seems bigger in the picture than the stated 21cm, it’s got a strong frame for sure.  The beni pattern is perhaps not that interesting at the moment, however I think that there are signs for the sumi to come in very complimentary places, not least on the shoulder white ground.

Marusei Koi Farm, Doitsu Kogane Ochiba, Sansai, 59cm, Female

Marusei Koi Farm,
Doitsu Kogane Ochiba,
Sansai,
59cm,
Female

The comments made above on the Maruhiro Doitsu Nezu Kabuto rather relate to this Koi from his older brother as well.  The picture looks rather flat, I suspect that the Koi has a greater level of shine in real life.  Interesting that Marusei call this a Doitsu Kogane Ochiba (literally Doitsu Golden Ochiba), others may refer to it as a Kin Kikokuryu I guess.


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Ootsuka Koi Farm, Tancho Goshiki, Sansai, 47cm, Female

Ootsuka Koi Farm,
Tancho Goshiki,
Sansai,
47cm,
Female

A very striking example of Tancho Goshiki from Otsuka, at 47cm perfectly sized for 48bu at the forthcoming Wakagoi Show.  An incredibly striking example with beautiful escalation on the sides contrasting the solid black on the back.  One of those Koi that is going to attract high demand and a high price I suspect!

Tanaka Koi Farm, Ginrin Sanshoku, Tosai (5 pieces), 13-16cm, Sex unknown

Tanaka Koi Farm,
Ginrin Sanshoku,
Tosai (5 pieces),
13-16cm,
Sex unknown

I’m assuming that the batch of Ginrin Sanshoku (4 Ginrin Sanke, 1 Ginrin Tancho Sanke) are from Satoshi Tanaka.  I have to say a pretty solid little looking batch of Koi, all bright, all shiny, and all with decent patterns.

Marudo Koi Farm, Sanke, Tosai, 29cm, Sex unknown

Marudo Koi Farm,
Sanke,
Tosai,
29cm,
Sex unknown

One of the most talked about Koi from the 2017 All Japan Koi Show was without question the Marudo Sanke which was awarded Mature Champion.  I can’t help but think that this tosai Sanke has a similar feel to it.  Is this the next one in the making?  It looks like this Koi will develop relatively heavy sumi markings, all well placed on the white ground, working around the beni pattern.  I wonder if we will see this Koi again in a year or 2…..

Koda Koi Farm, Ginrin Showa, Nisai, 35.5cm, Female

Koda Koi Farm,
Ginrin Showa,
Nisai,
35.5cm,
Female

I’m a huge fan of Koda Koi Farm ginrin, I think it is without doubt some of the strongest and brightest around, and these 2 examples of Ginrin Showa are no exception.  The one above would be 38bu at the Wakagoi Show, or 36bu (the largest size class) at the International Junior Koi Show.  The Koi below would be in 48bu at the Wakagoi Show.  Suspect we may see more of both of them over the next month or 2.

Koda Koi Farm, Ginrin Showa, Sansai, 47cm, Female

Koda Koi Farm,
Ginrin Showa,
Sansai,
47cm,
Female

Isa Koi Farm, Showa, Yonsai, 71cm, Female

Isa Koi Farm,
Showa,
Yonsai,
71cm,
Female

Isa is unique among the breeders entering in that they have only entered larger Koi, surprised they have placed no tosai in the auction.  The Showa above my favourite of the big girls they have entered.

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa, Tosai, 26cm, Sex unknown

Sekiguchi Koi Farm,
Showa,
Tosai,
26cm,
Sex unknown

One of several really nice tosai Showa entered by Sekiguchi.  This one reminds me of the 45bu Miyabi winner from the All Japan Koi Show.  I write all the time about the importance of sumi falling on the white ground and as you work down the body of this Showa it works its way beautifully around the red pattern.  Good for 27 bu at the International Junior Koi Show, or 28bu at the Wakagoi Show…


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Hiroi Koi Farm, Ginrin Goshiki, Nisai, 34cm, Female

Hiroi Koi Farm,
Ginrin Goshiki,
Nisai,
34cm,
Female

34cm is of course not big for a nisai, however nobody is asking for a Koi’s birth certificate when entering it into a Koi show, and this Hiroi Ginrin Goshiki has many qualities for a Koi show, whether the Wakagoi Show where it would go into 38bu, or better still the International Junior Koi Show where it would go into 36bu (the largest size class).  Nice clean beni pattern, darkening background from grey to black (I do love that black button nose we see on Goshiki), and I’ve no doubt the ginrin looks brighter in real life than the picture.

Sakazume Koi Farm, Kikusui, Tosai (3 pieces), 16-17cm, Sex unknown

Sakazume Koi Farm,
Kikusui,
Tosai (3 pieces),
16-17cm,
Sex unknown

There are lots of batches of tosai.  The Kikusui above from Sakazume all have really interesting patterns, and appear to have good lustre, the Kujaku from Marusaka below also.

Marusaka Koi Farm, Kujaku/Ginrin Kujaku, Tosai (3 pieces), 17-19cm, Sex unknown

Marusaka Koi Farm,
Kujaku/Ginrin Kujaku,
Tosai (3 pieces),
17-19cm,
Sex unknown

Torazo, Kohaku, Tosai (3 pieces), 20cm, Sex unknown

Torazo,
Kohaku,
Tosai (3 pieces),
20cm,
Sex unknown

Torazo has some batches of tosai, and some single pieces of tosai.  I liked the look of these 3 above, in particular the one at the bottom right.

Kawakami Koi Farm, Hajiro, Sansai, 59cm, Female

Kawakami Koi Farm,
Hajiro,
Sansai,
59cm,
Female

The Koi above is listed as Hajiro, typically breeders call all of this type of Koi Hajiro, when hobbyists would probably call this Matsukawabake.  I suspect that in the flesh the white is like snow and contrasts beautifully with the black.  At 59cm good for 63cm Kawarigoi at the Wakagoi Show.

Oya Koi Farm, Sanke, Tosai, 21.5cm, Sex unknown

Oya Koi Farm,
Sanke,
Tosai,
21.5cm,
Sex unknown

At the Niigata Breeders’ Auction held in November 2016, the selection of Koi presented by Taro Kataoka of Oya Koi Farm was my best selection of the event.  Yet again he has put up some great Koi.

I love Sanke with strong heavy sumi (see the comments above re the Izumiya example).  There is a close relationship between Oya and Izumiya, and Oya also breeds Sanke with bold heavy sumi.  This tosai above is really appealing.  It appears that we have more sumi to come on the front right shoulder white ground and then, as we reach the tail, the sumi works around the red on the white ground as well.  Striking already, potentially even more so as it grows.  That strong sumi stands out really well when being judged in a plastic bag. Would be 23bu at the Wakagoi Show, perhaps size challenged in 24bu at the International Junior Koi Show, although it could be got nearer the 24cm mark by the end of April.


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It seems that every auction Taro presents a lovely example of the Asagi which he is perhaps most famous for.  This auction is no exception.  I think the Koi speaks for itself, good for 48bu at the Wakagoi Show.

Oya Koi Farm, Asagi, Nisai, 47cm, Female

Oya Koi Farm,
Asagi,
Nisai,
47cm,
Female

Shinoda Koi Farm, Hi Utsuri, Sansai, 62cm, Female

Shinoda Koi Farm,
Hi Utsuri,
Sansai,
62cm,
Female

Shinoda Hi Utsuri are also always in demand, and this particularly clean example will no doubt also be.  Shinoda Hi Utsuri have the potential to grow huge.

Hoshikin Koi Farm, Kohaku, Tosai, 33cm, Female

Hoshikin Koi Farm,
Kohaku,
Tosai,
33cm,
Female

I picked out this Hoshikin Kohaku particularly as it was stated as being female.  I like the delicate intricate beni pattern.

Ikarashi Koi Farm, Doitsu Metallic Ochiba, Tosai, 28cm, Sex unknown

Ikarashi Koi Farm,
Doitsu Metallic Ochiba,
Tosai,
28cm,
Sex unknown

We seem to be seeing an increasing number of Doitsu Metallic Ochiba being bred, both in Japan and overseas.  This is one of several entered into the auction by Ikarashi Koi Farm, and perhaps the one that appealed most to me.  Body colouration appears consistent, without blemish and spots, and creating an interesting pattern.  The pectoral fins are nice and bright.  As I’ve posted before, I really like that metallic gun metal grey background.  30bu Kawarigoi at the International Junior Koi Show…

Maruju Koi Farm, Tancho Sanke, Nisai, 43cm, Female

Maruju Koi Farm,
Tancho Sanke,
Nisai,
43cm,
Female

Whilst I am not generally a fan of Tancho, as I’ve stated I am a fan of strong heavy sumi, and this Tancho Sanke has that for sure.  I’m sure it will be in big demand…..


To see all of the Koi listed for auction visit the Niigata JNPA website at – http://jnpa-niigata.com/event/the20th_niigata_auction_2017.html


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