It’s been a great day at the 2020 All Japan Koi Show today, benching day.

I arrived at Tokyo Ryutsu Centre around 8.15am, the anticipation was high, many breeders had been driving through the night to be at the venue for 9am to start unloading their Koi.

Through the night students from the local college had completed set up of the show pools.

Local college students filling show pool

Local college students filling show pool

Local college students filling show pool

Local college students filling show pool

493 show pools were set up for the show entry Koi, 53 for the Yumeten (Dream Koi) display, and 125 which will be the end of Friday hold all of the major winner following a day of judging.  A total  of 671 show pools!

The show pools

The show pools

Likewise the presentation stage was complete, soon to be adorned with trophies.

Presentation stage

Presentation stage

A busy day for the Japanese Shinkokai breeders and dealers involved with handling the Koi for hobbyists and dealers around the world.  A total of 1911 Koi were entered into the show.


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Yesterday we previewed that 24 Koi had been entered into the 90bu Female Gosanke classes, the classes from which the Grand Champion would invariably be selected.

An ever increasing number of visitors on benching day wanti to get photographs of these Koi, placing them under stress and pressure of having the air turned off.  As such many of the largest Koi are now covered over as soon as benched reducing our opportunity to photograph them.  However, below we present 10 of the Koi in those classes.

90bu Female Showa

90bu Female Showa

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Sanke

90bu Female Sanke

90bu Female Sanke

90bu Female Sanke

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Kohaku

90bu Female Sanke

90bu Female Sanke

Hobbyists around the world will spend the next 12 or so hours on social media, as we have all day at the show, debating which Koi will win tomorrow.  Perhaps as much as ever, that debate and discussion is as open as ever, there is no real clear favourite at this show, and I can’t even be confident my personal favourite (not having seen all) will be able to stay the course.

So, my favourite Koi is presented below, 93cm, 5 years old (yes only 5 years old!!) and bred by Momotaro Koi Farm.

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

Kohaku, Momotaro Koi Farm, 93cm, 5 years old

This Koi looks so incredibly youthful, the skin and pigment like that of a 3 year old.  The head and body line is beautiful proportioned.  If this Koi does not win this year, I reckon the guys down in Okayama will take it close to 1m by this time next year and it will be truly formidable.

The Sanke below is getting a huge amount of the popular vote on social media it seems, it’s a long while since a Sanke has won the All Japan Koi Show.  I think there is every chance that this year, despite the relatively diminutive size of 89cm, a Sanke could win the All Japan Koi Show for the first time since 2002.


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Sanke, Sakai Fish Farm, 89cm

Sanke, Sakai Fish Farm, 89cm

Sanke, Sakai Fish Farm, 89cm

Sanke, Sakai Fish Farm, 89cm

Sanke, Sakai Fish Farm, 89cm

Sanke, Sakai Fish Farm, 89cm

 

Tomorrow morning the judges will gather, and select a Grand Champion from the entered Koi.  My hunch is we’ll see 3 round of voting before the decision is made.  We’ll bring you the story of how the 2020 Grand Champion was crowned tomorrow……


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