With the 2020 All Japan Koi Show just around the corner I’ve been reminding myself of the winners from the 2019 All Japan Koi Show and wondering what this year has in store.

The images below show the 125 major winners from the 2019 show and in this post I’ll highlight 12 of my favourites from throughout the various awards classes.

Major Champions at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

2019 All Japan Koi Show

2019 All Japan Koi Show

Kokugyo Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Kokugyo Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Kokugyo Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Male Kokugyo Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Male Kokugyo Prize Winners 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Male Kokugyo Prize Winners 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Miyabi Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show


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Miyabi Prize 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Miyabi Prize 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Sakura Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

2019 All Japan Koi Show Sakura Winners

2019 All Japan Koi Show Sakura Winners

Tsubaki Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Tsubaki Prize Winner 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Tsubaki Prize Winner 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Botan Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Botan Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Botan Prize Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Best in Variety Winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show

Best in Variety All Japan Koi Show

Best in Variety All Japan Koi Show

 

The Kohaku below, which was awarded the Mature Champion Male prize, was  undoubtedly one of my favourites among the major winners at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show.  It had all of the things that you expect from a male Koi, strong, bright pigmentation, shiny skin, and all that on nicely proportioned body and pectoral fins which were not overly large.  This Koi would hold its own against females in the same size classes for sure.  One of the traits of male Koi is that they tend to stay the course for quite a long time, really interested to see if this Koi returns in 2020.


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Mature Champion Male

Mature Champion Male,
Kohaku, 70bu,
Owned by Keiji Omori,
Bred by Sakai Fish Farm,
Handled by Sakai Fish Farm

A couple of years ago a Kanno bred Goshiki became the first to win a major prize at the All Japan Koi Show.  This beautiful example bred by Kondo Koi Farm repeated that feat in 2019, about as perfect example of ‘floating beni’ as you could possibly find, set off against a shiny grey background with complex and perfect black amime.  Just beautiful, I cannot wait until the day when we see Koi like this in the larger sizes.

Young Champion

Young Champion,
Goshiki, 40bu,
Owned by Noritoshi Seto,
Bred by Kondo Koi Farm,
Handled by Narita Koi Farm

The Sanke below won the 85bu Kokugyo prize in 2019, in 2018 it won the 75bu Kokugyo prize.  It would be easy for people to get hung up on the red eye, sumi on the head and ago sumi on the gill cover, but the rest of the Koi is simply sumblime, the shiroji, beni, and deep well placed sumi, all on a strong powerful body.  Are we going to see this Koi again in 2020 go one step further and become the first Sanke to win GC since 2002?  Time will tell….

85bu Kokugyo

85bu Kokugyo,
Sanke,
Owned by Johnny Ng (Singapore),
Bred by Sakai Fish Farm,
Handled by Sakai Fish Farm,
Dealer Max Koi Farm (Singapore)

For a Doitsugoi to take a Kokugyo prize means it’s pretty special and that’s exactly what this Doitsu Showa bred by Shinoda Koi Farm did, winner of the 75bu Kokugyo prize.  I knew that this Showa had been around a few years, however it wasn’t until after the show that I looked into it a little more and realised that this Koi had won 65bu Tsubaki and Best in Variety Doitsugoi at the 2013 All Japan Koi Show.  Seven years of appearing at the top level in Japan is simply amazing and, as many remarked, it looked as good if not better than ever.

75bu Kokugyo

75bu Kokugyo,
Doitsugoi,
Owned by Feller Lokanta (Indonesia),
Bred by Shinoda Koi Farm,
Handled by Narita Koi Farm,
Dealer Samurai Koi Centre (Indonesia)

I spotted this Koi soon after benching.  I had realised it was the 65bu Kokugyo winner from 2018 until I spoke with Daisuke Maeda as he came over whilst I was getting some pre-judging photos.  On Facebook I described it as a ‘Super super beautiful Kohaku’.  The beni quality on this Koi is simply amazing, it’s so thick it’s as though someone as smeared oil paint over the equally beautiful shiroji which as a lovely creamy texture and thick fukurin.  Obviously not a fast grower, but a Koi which has qualities of a maturer Koi than its size and age suggest.  In 2019 Daisuke Maeda had hoped to win the Mature Champion prize, hopefully this Koi can take a step up if it’s entered in 2020, it’s certainly worthy of a place in the majors.

70bu Kokugyo

70bu Kokugyo,
Kohaku,
Owned by Denzel Henson Unman (Indonesia),
Bred by Okayama Momotaro Koi Farm,
Handled by Okayama Momotaro Koi Farm,
Dealer Koi Castle (Indonesia)

I’ve written more about this Kujaku in the last 12 months than any other example ever.  On Saturday 1st February at the All Japan Koi Show I posted to Facebook:

‘Sometimes I see a Koi that truly stops me in my tracks……..this is one such Koi!


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What a truly stunning Kujaku, 80bu class, bred by Omosako Koi Farm, winner of the Best in Sakura Class prize at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show.

WOW, simply WOW!!’

Nothing more I can add to that really.  I hope that this Koi returns in 2020, what I also know is that there has been some serious money being spent on Kujaku recently.  It’s looking like one epic Kujaku battle ground at the 2020 All Japan Koi Show.

Best in Sakura and 80bu Sakura Prize, Kujaku

Best in Sakura and 80bu Sakura Prize,
Kujaku,
Owned by Kazuhiko Odawara,
Bred by Omosako Koi Farm,
Handled by Narita Koi Farm

The top end of the Sakura prizes was dominated by Omosako Koi Farm with them taking 90bu, 85bu, 80bu and 75bu, 2 Kujaku, 2 Shiro Utsuri, the 85bu example being this beauty below.  My favourite of the large Shiro Utsuri that they entered which of course also included the Best in Variety prize, a 90bu example.

85bu Sakura Prize, Shiro Utsuri

85bu Sakura Prize,
Shiro Utsuri,
Bred by Omosako Koi Farm,
Handled By Odakan

This is a Koi which I was super excited to see at the 2019 All Japan Koi Show, having featured it the previous autumn at the Niigata Nogyosai, where is won a Governors Award, and the Niigata Breeders Auction, where it was the highest priced Koi at the event.  Mike Hernandez of Kois and Ponds, who had bid on the Koi on behalf of customer Butch Campos, interviewed me after the auction and I suggested that it was surely a contender for the Sakura Prize, although competition would be incredibly tough in that size class.  When it came down to it it achieved that prize, an incredibly striking example of Beni Kikokuryu and arguably one of the very best to have graced the All Japan Koi Show stage.

60bu Sakura Prize, Kawarigoi

60bu Sakura Prize,
Kawarigoi,
Owned by Butch Campos (Philippines),
Bred by Marusaka Koi Farm,
Handled by Tani Fish Farm,
Dealer Kois and Ponds (Philippines)

If Omosako dominated the top of the Sakura prizes, Izumiya didn’t fall far short in the Tsubaki prizes, with Izumiya Koromo taking 85bu, 75bu and 70bu.  The Ai Goromo was originally sold at the March 2015 Niigata Breeders Auction.  Since then its show career almost challenges that of the Doitsu Showa above, without checking specific details I think this Koi has featured in the major prizes at every All Japan Koi Show since, and in 2017 was Best in Tsubaki at the All Japan Young Koi Show.  In 2019 it showed no sign of losing any of its quality.  I wonder how long this Koi can continue challenging.


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70bu Tsubaki Prize, Koromo

70bu Tsubaki Prize,
Koromo,
Bred by Izumiya Koi Farm,
Handled by Odakan

Asagi are the origin of so many varieties, seemingly so simple, far from ‘flashy’, but incredibly rare and difficult to breed in large sizes, yet every year you can be sure that one bred by Oya or Otsuka will be in the major prizes.  It’s beauty in the subtle details of the fukurin, the challenge for it to be truly scale perfect.

85bu Botan Prize, Asagi

85bu Botan Prize,
Asagi,
Owned by Borripatara Wongprachum (Thailand),
Bred by Oya Koi Farm,
Handled by Narita Koi Farm,
Dealer Koi Kichi Fish Farm

This is probably the most impressive Kikusui that I can recall seeing at the All Japan Koi Show, and winner of the Best in Variety prize.  Scale perfect, excellent lustre, nice pattern, deep consistent colouration and 65bu, which is pretty big for the variety, indeed, I can recall somewhat smaller best in Hikarimoyo.  It will be interesting to see whether it can return over a number of years and retain its youthful quality.

Best in Variety Hikarimoyo

Best in Variety Hikarimoyo,
65bu,
Owned by Chaiyot Paporn (Thailand),
Bred by Kanno Koi Farm,
Handled by Narita Koi Farm,
Dealer Mungkorn Intercorp

Bekko, an almost forgotten variety, but when they are like this they are mightily impressive.  In 2019 this example made it a hat trick of Best in Variety prizes, having won in 2017 and 2018 as well.  Well placed jet black sumi on a lovely creamy white skin, a well proportioned body, perfect pectoral fins, chubby cheeks, what’s not to like?  I’ve no idea whether this Koi will return to the All Japan Koi Show in 2020, if it does then it will be interesting to see whether it can challenge for the higher prize of Botan.

Best in Variety Bekko

Best in Variety Bekko,
85bu,
Owned by Clasius Sali (Indonesia),
Bred by Konishi Koi Farm,
Handled by Konishi Koi Farm,
Dealer Seiryuu Koi Carp (Indonesia)

So, just a few weeks remain until the 2020 All Japan Koi Show takes place at the Tokyo Ryutsu Centre.  The Nishikigoi.Life coverage from Tokyo will start on Wednesday 29th January and continue throughout the weekend.  Hopefully some, if not all, of the Koi above will return to the show to challenge again, and maybe achieve even higher greatness.

You can read more about visiting the show at – http://nishikigoi.life/2019/12/14/visiting-the-2020-all-japan-koi-show/

To understand more about the organisation of the show, the size and variety classes, and the prizes awarded, then please visit – http://nishikigoi.life/2019/01/18/2016-all-japan-koi-demystified/


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