As we have detailed in previous posts, and as detailed in the explanation below, the 26th Niigata Breeders Auction which was due to take place today, 9th March, was cancelled due to the Coronavirus fears in Japan.  The live auction has been replaced with a ‘silent bidding’ system which will run until 22:00 (JST) on Sunday 15th March.

26th Niigata Breeders Auction Silent Bidding Instructions

26th Niigata Breeders Auction Silent Bidding Instructions

 

Traditionally the spring Niigata Breeders Auction has focused on Koi which are eligible for entry into the All Japan Young Koi Show and subsequent International Junior Koi Show.  With the cancellation of this year’s All Japan Young Koi Show – http://nishikigoi.life/2020/02/13/2020-all-japan-young-koi-show-and-international-junior-koi-show/ – and indeed other Koi shows already around Asia, I suspect there may be a surplus of over 36cm in this auction without a ready show market.  Of course, for the Koi to have a show career in Japan that would mean that they breeder will have to offer azukari, either in the price or at additional cost.

In this post we’ll have a look at some of my tips that you might just be able to secure for a bargain price, although how much you want to bid you’ll have to decide yourself, and discuss with your dealer…….


OK, first up a couple from Hiroi Koi Farm.  I think the Goshiki particularly interesting, nice scalation and a largely clean beni plate which looks nice and bright.  Body strong for a male.

Hiroi Koi Farm, Goshiki, Nisai, 49cm, Male

Hiroi Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
Nisai,
49cm,
Male

So many bemoan the fact that you can’t find good reasonably priced Doitsu Showa.  Well this is pretty decent example from one of the 2 farms that are really masters of Doitsu Showa.


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Hiroi Koi Farm, Doitsu Showa, Nisai, 50cm, Female

Hiroi Koi Farm,
Doitsu Showa,
Nisai,
50cm,
Female

My general experience of Gosanke prices at the Niigata Breeders Auction is that, apart from a couple of breeders, they generally stay quite reasonably priced.  Even in the live auction environment I’d expect this to be pretty well priced, in this silent bidding system this could probably be picked up quite reasonably.

Nishiki Maruhide Koi Farm, Kohaku, Nisai, 52cm, Female

Nishiki Maruhide Koi Farm,
Kohaku,
Nisai,
52cm,
Female

There’s a lot of Goshiki in the auction.  I really rather like this one, but suspect that it might be available pretty reasonably.  It even comes with a year of Azukari at Maruju Koi Farm.

Maruju Koi Farm, Goshiki, Nisai, 42cm, Female

Maruju Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
Nisai,
42cm,
Female

One of my absolute favourite breeders at the moment, and 3 super examples of type.  However, in line with the whole theme of this post, I suspect that irrespective of how good, and particularly as 2 are males, the demand may not be there.  Indeed, just this weekend several similar examples of Goshiki from the breeder have been promoted at ‘sale’ price on the Internet.

Kawakami Koi Farm, Beni Kikokuryu, Nisai, 45cm, Male

Kawakami Koi Farm,
Beni Kikokuryu,
Nisai,
45cm,
Male

Kawakami Koi Farm, Goshiki, Nisai, 43cm, Male

Kawakami Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
Nisai,
43cm,
Male

Kawakami Koi Farm, Goshiki, Sansai, 55cm, Female

Kawakami Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
Sansai,
55cm,
Female

A 62cm Bekko would have been just perfect for 63bu size class at the All Japan Young Koi Show.  No show, then possibly not an in demand Koi……

Ooya Koi Farm, Bekko, Sansai, 62cm, Female

Ooya Koi Farm,
Bekko,
Sansai,
62cm,
Female

Whilst Ooya Asagi are always in demand, 43cm and sansai not the biggest, albeit a nice clean example.  It would probably have slotted into the 43bu size class at the Wakagoi Show.

Ooya Koi Farm, Asagi, Sansai, 43cm, Female

Ooya Koi Farm,
Asagi,
Sansai,
43cm,
Female

45cm unsexed nisai.  It may have been a contender in the 48bu size class at the Wakagoi Show, but without a show maybe not much demand.  Otherwise a very attractive example for those not worried about the ultimate sex nor size of the Koi.  In the likelihood of it turning out to be male, probably a nice long lasting Koi for a hobbyist.


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Hoshikin Koi Farm, Kohaku, Nisai, 45cm, Sex unknown

Hoshikin Koi Farm,
Kohaku,
Nisai,
45cm,
Sex unknown

Since the introduction of the Mujimono show class single colour Koi always seem to do well.  However, the next show in Japan is a long way off for this one and as stated, shows around asia already being cancelled too.

Maruhiro Koi Farm, Ki Matsuba, Sansai, 65cm, Female

Maruhiro Koi Farm,
Ki Matsuba,
Sansai,
65cm,
Female

Comments above remain valid, albeit this Aka Matsuba would have potentially competed in the Wakagoi Show 63bu Mujimono class.

Hosokai Koi Farm, Aka Matsuba, Sansai, 62cm, Female

Hosokai Koi Farm,
Aka Matsuba,
Sansai,
62cm,
Female

As stated earlier, Gosanke prices often don’t race away at the Niigata Breeders Auction.  Personally I find this male pretty attractive, although many may not like the small pattern.  Coupled with the fact it’s male, it could stay very reasonably priced.

Murata Nishikigoi, Kohaku, Nisai, 50cm, Male

Murata Nishikigoi,
Kohaku,
Nisai,
50cm,
Male

A very pleasing example of type, would have been nice in 53bu Kawarigoi at the Wakagoi Show.  Could be a bargain.

Nishikigoi Niigata Direct, Kin Kikokuryu, Nisai, 53cm, Female

Nishikigoi Niigata Direct,
Kin Kikokuryu,
Nisai,
53cm,
Female

Wada Kirin proved incredibly popular last autumn, and this one has attracted a lot of love on Facebook.  However, whether that love has translated into hard cash bids only time will tell.

Wada Koi Farm, Kawarigoi, Nisai, 47cm, Male

Wada Koi Farm,
Kawarigoi,
Nisai,
47cm,
Male

Two Kujaku from little known Saito Fish Farm.  Whilst we are seeing Kujaku go for mega bucks elsewhere I suspect that both of these will have extremely reasonable price tags in the auction, particularly the male example.


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Saito Fish Farm, Kujaku, Sansai, 56cm, Female

Saito Fish Farm,
Kujaku,
Sansai,
56cm,
Female

Saito Fish Farm, Kujaku, Sansai, 55cm, Male

Saito Fish Farm,
Kujaku,
Sansai,
55cm,
Male

At risk of repeating myself, Gosanke prices can be generally reasonable, and with 7 different nisai Kohaku from Nogami Koi Farm one or two may be low in interest.  Often in these type of blind bidding situations everyone jumps on the one Koi that is the very best favourite leaving others without bids.

Nogami Koi Farm, Kohaku, Nisai, 52cm, Female

Nogami Koi Farm,
Kohaku,
Nisai,
52cm,
Female

Exactly as I said for the Hosokai Aka Matsuba above applies to this one.

Ootsuka Koi Farm, Aka Matsuba, Sansai, 61cm, Female

Ootsuka Koi Farm,
Aka Matsuba,
Sansai,
61cm,
Female

Lots to like about this Ootsuka Koi Farm Goshiki but I’m not sure that it will attract huge interest/bids without a show to go to.

Ootsuka Koi Farm, Goshiki, Nisai, 40cm, Female

Ootsuka Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
Nisai,
40cm,
Female

Largely a repeat of what I said about the Hiroi Koi Farm Doitsu Showa above.

Shinoda Koi Farm, Doitsu Showa, Sansai, 60cm, Female

Shinoda Koi Farm,
Doitsu Showa,
Sansai,
60cm,
Female

Finally a Ginrin Kohaku from Teradomari Koi Farm.  With Momotaro and Dainichi producing lots of high quality Ginrin Kohaku now perhaps Teradomari is not very fashionable, especially for a 4 year old male at 56cm.  However, the Koi itself I think is very nice. If the size, age and sex don’t trouble you, you could get a bargain.

Teradomari Koi Farm, Ginrin Kohaku, Yonsai, 56cm, Male

Teradomari Koi Farm,
Ginrin Kohaku,
Yonsai,
56cm,
Male

 


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There are many other Koi in the auction which could well attract less than usual interest from buyers around the world.  Some may question whether it’s right to promote the fact that bids could be lower than normal.  The reality is that many of the Koi in the auction are Koi which the breeder need to move on, they don’t perhaps have the space to hold them until autumn 2020.

The auction remains open to authorised Shinkokai dealers only.  Any hobbyists or non-Shinkokai dealers should contact a Shinkokai dealer or agent to bid on your behalf.  They can advise on expected value of bids.

Many Nishikigoi.Life advertising dealers can assist in this respect.

You can find the complete 26th Niigata Breeders Auction listing at – https://jnpa-niigata.com/event/26th-niigata-auction-2020.html


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