The Yumeten exhibition at the All Japan Koi Show features ‘dream koi’ entered by breeders and dealers.

Below are some of the Koi in the Yumeten which caught my eye….

Kanno Koi Farm Goshiki need little of no introduction.  These 2 Kanno Goshiki both exhibit the classic Kanno style floating beni on the gun metal, almost metallic grey, background.

Kanno Koi Farm, Goshiki

Kanno Koi Farm, Goshiki

For a long while Hiroi was one of the power houses for Goshiki, and the 2 below showed they still have great potential to challenge.

Hiroi Koi Farm, Goshiki

Hiroi Koi Farm, Goshiki

My interest in Beni Kikokuryu has been increasing rapidly over the last few years.  This autumn in particular it seemed that Marusaka was the place to find great examples.  There is a show pool of ‘entry’ Koi that contains 3 examples which, quite frankly, leave these 2 ‘dream koi’ examples in the shade.  To be fair it’s no surprise that his best are probably long since sold for the current season.

Marusaka Koi Farm, Beni Kikokuryu

Marusaka Koi Farm, Beni Kikokuryu

The 2 examples of Beni Kikokuryu below were displayed by Sakuma Koi Farm from Isawa.  Interestingly I’d been speaking about Sakuma Beni Kikokuryu just a few days ago in the UK.  Both of these Koi have interesting aspects about them, if not individually being quite the whole.  Sakuma was one of the first places I ever visit in Japan back in 2001.  A return visit perhaps overdue.


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Sakuma Koi Farm, Beni Kikokuryu

Sakuma Koi Farm, Beni Kikokuryu

Ikebukuro Nishikigoi is run by an ex staff member of Isa Koi Farm and his Facebook page often contains sets of development photos for Isa Showa which are under his ownership.  Those photos always show that he knows a little thing or two about Isa Showa learned from his time working there.  The 3 examples below are all from Isa Koi Farm and form their Yumeten display.

Ikebukuro Nishikigoi, Showa, Bred by Isa Koi Farm

Ikebukuro Nishikigoi, Showa, Bred by Isa Koi Farm

Of the three the one below was my favourite, 2 years old, male, 48cm.  The sumi quality and placement on the white ground is so classically Isa.  The makings of a stunning male Isa Showa….

Ikebukuro Nishikigoi, Showa, Bred by Isa Koi Farm, 48cm, Male, Nisai

Ikebukuro Nishikigoi, Showa, Bred by Isa Koi Farm, 48cm, Male, Nisai

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, long one of my favourite Showa haunts.  Below 4 nisai, born June 2017 at Sekiguchi, all female, top middle the smallest at 54cm, top right largest at 58cm.

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa

For me this one ticked the most boxes, 56cm, although I would be happy with any of the four.

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa, 56cm, Nisai, Female

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa, 56cm, Nisai, Female

Several years ago Sakai Fish Farm split into two, with Yoshimichi Sakai, uncle of Kentaro, starting his own ‘Sakai’ farm.  The 3 Sanke below were entered by the ‘new’ Sakai Koi Farm.

Sakai, Sanke

Sakai, Sanke

The 2 smaller Koi were particularly interesting, both 52cm female nisai according to the certificates.  It was the centre one which I felt most interesting.  I think it demonstrated a marginally better balance over the other one, although both exhibited great tsubo sumi placement.


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Sakai, Sanke, 52cm, Nisai

Sakai, Sanke, 52cm, Nisai

There were many Koi bred by Kentaro’s Sakai Fish Farm on the stands of a number of dealers who were partaking in the Yumeten exhibition.  I thought that this Sanke on the Narita Koi Farm display was particularly attractive.  It’s only as I’ve typed this that it has occurred to me that this Koi is perfectly sized for the All Japan Young Koi Show in March.

Narita Koi Farm, Sanke, Bred by Sakai Fish Farm, 63cm, Sansai, Female

Narita Koi Farm, Sanke, Bred by Sakai Fish Farm, 63cm, Sansai, Female

I mentioned Isa Showa above, and other examples also appeared on other dealers’ Yumeten displays.  The one below was displayed as part of Isa Koi Farm’s Yumeten exhibit.

Still a young Koi, this sansai Showa has a lovely clean defined pattern.  The body is quite slender for an Isa fish but not a concern in a variety prone to getting a little ‘tubby’ around the middle.

Isa Koi Farm, Showa, 65cm, Sansai, Female

Isa Koi Farm, Showa, 65cm, Sansai, Female

In the pool next to the Isa fish above, this Dainichi Showa, great imposing body for a male Koi, and super quality.

Offspring of the absolutely gorgeous parent Showa ‘Mona Lisa’.

Dainichi Koi Farm, Showa, 65cm, Sansai, Male

Dainichi Koi Farm, Showa, 65cm, Sansai, Male

Dainichi Male Showa Growth Record

Dainichi Male Showa Growth Record

To round off with, 2 beautiful Ooya Asagi, simply stunning quality that really needs appreciating in close up detail.


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Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi


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