A variety which caused a bit of early harvest season interest this year is the ‘Kirin’ bred by Wada Koi Farm, many never having previously heard of the variety.

‘Kirin’ is a variety that has been created by Suguru Wada.  Suguru Wada is the 5th generation of Wada Koi Farm, a farm which in 2020 will celebrate its 100th anniversary which places it among the oldest Nishikigoi farms still in existence in Japan.

Wada Koi Farm, founded in 1920

Wada Koi Farm, founded in 1920

Like many of the younger generation of Koi breeders Suguru has been off to university, where he studied Architecture and Design, before making the decision to return to the family farm and carry on Koi breeding.  Sadly too many nowadays choose not to come back to the Koi industry, an industry which gets ever harder in which to thrive and see a future that will last into old age!  We need to be thankful to those that do.

Suguru Wada with newly harvested nisai Kirin - 2nd October 2019 - Photo Rob de Vos (www.japan-koiservice.com)

Suguru Wada with newly harvested nisai Kirin – 2nd October 2019 – Photo Rob de Vos (www.japan-koiservice.com)

This seasons first Kirin images came courtesy of Rob de Vos of Japan Koi Service (www.japan-koiservice.com).

Newly harvested nisai Kirin, 47cm-53cm - 2nd October 2019 - Photo Rob de Vos (www.japan-koiservice.com)

Newly harvested nisai Kirin, 47cm-53cm – 2nd October 2019 – Photo Rob de Vos (www.japan-koiservice.com)

Best nisai female 'Kirin'

Best nisai female ‘Kirin’

The following day Ryuki Narita of Narita Koi Farm (www.Narita-Koi.com) acquired these 4 examples.

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita

All of the Koi above sold onwards to customers almost immediately.


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We spoke to Suguru Wada to find out more about the creation of the variety Kirin……..

Nishikigoi.Life: When did you start breeding ‘Kirin’?

Suguru Wada: Kirin breeding started in 2017, really it was my hobby, not for business.

Nishikigoi.Life: When you started to make Kirin, what did you hope they would look like?

Suguru Wada: My hope (and this hasn’t changed in these few years) is to make a huge Kujaku oyagoi with a strong Ogon body. Three years ago, lucklly, I got an amazing quality Nezu Ogon oyagoi, it was like a platinum. I want to her body frame for my Kujaku breeding.

Nezu Ogon, 94cm, 8 years old

Nezu Ogon, 94cm, 8 years old

The video below shows the 2019 Kirin parent set.


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Nishikigoi.Life: Are you happy with the result?

Suguru Wada: Now yes, but as a Kujaku breeding, this attempt is perfectly fault because her offspring was all black fry. Probably you know that Kujaku offspring are all white. this is a biggest difference of Kirin and Kujaku. It’s like a relation of Sanke and Showa. But, as a result, I get a new kind of Kawarigoi, it’s Kirin. Actually, Kirin is closer to Ginga, not Kujaku I guess.  Just today I harvested three year old Kirin and a few of them has a very strong body frame. My next hope is, if I use Kujaku to second generation Kirin female, there are chance to Kujaku offspring. Also now I want to create more new kinds using Kirin and something, for example Kin Showa. (I hope Kirin with a sumi patern, named Kirin Usturi? or something like that). Anyway, I want to always try to make new ones and improve my breeding quality.  So for sure, I’m never satisfied with my work, but I’m enjoying it, and it’s a very happy thing for world of create.

 

The Wada Koi Farm Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/wadakoifarm/ – also gives us a great insight as to how these Koi have developed over the 3 years seasons that Suguru Wada has been producing them.

2nd selection of Kirin, 6th August 2018

2nd selection of Kirin, 6th August 2018

3rd selection of Kirin, August 19th 2018, Wada stated 'it's going well for now'

3rd selection of Kirin, August 19th 2018, Wada stated ‘it’s going well for now’

Kirin tosai harvest 2nd October 2018

Kirin tosai harvest 2nd October 2018

The tosai below from the 2018 spawning were all entered into the 2018 Niigata Nogyosai.


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Kirin, 25bu, entered in 2018 Niigata Nogyosai

Kirin, 25bu, entered in 2018 Niigata Nogyosai

Kirin, 15bu, entered in 2018 Niigata Nogyosai

Kirin, 15bu, entered in 2018 Niigata Nogyosai

Kirin, 1st Prize 20bu Hikarimoyo, 2018 Niigata Nogyosai

Kirin, 1st Prize 20bu Hikarimoyo, 2018 Niigata Nogyosai

The following nisai were all purchased by Ryuki Narita in October 2018.

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita October 2018

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita October 2018

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita October 2018

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita October 2018

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita October 2018

Nisai Kirin purchased by Ryuki Narita October 2018

At the 7th International Junior Koi Show in April 2019 Kirin won the Special Prize (best in variety), 2 Gold Prizes, 1 Silver Prize and 1 Bronze Prize.

27bu Kirin wins Best in Variety at the 7th International Junior Koi Show

27bu Kirin wins Best in Variety at the 7th International Junior Koi Show

2019 looks to have been another good year for the Kirin spawning as well.

Kirin 1st selection, July 10th 2019. Wada wrote, 'Kirin first sellection. there are so many new hopes…'

Kirin 1st selection, July 10th 2019. Wada wrote, ‘Kirin first sellection. there are so many new hopes…’

Kirin 2nd selection, 28th July 2019. Wada wrote, 'looks very nice for now…'

Kirin 2nd selection, 28th July 2019. Wada wrote, ‘looks very nice for now…’

Kirin 3rd selection, 10th August 2019. Wada wrote, 'their characteristics are showing'

Kirin 3rd selection, 10th August 2019. Wada wrote, ‘their characteristics are showing’

Tosai Kirin, 10th August

Tosai Kirin, 10th August

 

I think it’s really fascinating to see the progression of these Koi produced by Suguru Wada, and it will be fascinating to see where he takes them from here.

Oh, and why the name ‘Kirin’?


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The first time the name ‘Kirin’ seems to have been used was when Ryuki Narita purchased the 3 Koi above.  He stated that ‘Kirin’ means Giraffe.

Giraffe (credit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons)

Giraffe (credit – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons)

I was sure there was another reason, and it’s quite possible that I dreamed all this up after drinking too much of my favourite Japanese beer.

I thought the variety had been named Kirin after Kirin lager, due to the similarities in colour between the Koi and the beer’s label……….

Kirin Beer

Kirin Beer

 

Wada Koi Farm – more than just Kirin

Of course, Wada Koi Farm, and it’s 100 year heritage, are about more than the new variety Kirin.  Wada Koi Farm is one of the original breeders of Asagi, a variety they continue to produce today along with Kujaku, Sanke, Showa and other varieties.


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Asagi, 60bu Botan Prize, 2019 AJKS, bred by Wada Koi Farm

Asagi, 60bu Botan Prize, 2019 AJKS, bred by Wada Koi Farm

Wada Koi Farm Kujaku

Wada Koi Farm Kujaku

You can follow what’s happening at Wada Koi Farm in a number of ways.  Check out the regular blog (in Japanese) at – http://wadayorijo.blog64.fc2.com.  Wada Koi Farm’s Facebook page is at – https://www.facebook.com/wadakoifarm/.  Suguru Wada’s personal Facebook page is at – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006332957715.

 

 


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