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

In yesterday’s post I looked at some of the Koi which may have been suitable entries for the now cancelled All Japan Young Koi Show and which therefore may represent reasonable priced bids – http://nishikigoi.life/2020/03/09/26th-niigata-breeders-auction-over-36cm-selection-silent-bidding-now-open-until-15th-march/

The International Junior Koi Show is still scheduled to take place on 25th and 26th April – http://nishikigoi.life/2020/02/13/2020-all-japan-young-koi-show-and-international-junior-koi-show/.  Suggestion is that because it’s an outdoor venue it may be more likely to survive the current Coronavirus scare.

In this post we’ll look at some of the sub 36cm auction listings that might prove a suitable challenge for a prize in the show.

Things that need to be borne in mind with regards to the IJKS include firstly that the Koi will almost always be judged in bags.  The only time they are removed to show pools is at the final stage of Grand Champion voting.  Realistically almost anything not in the 36bu size class is likely not to leave the bag whilst judging takes place, only if it’s a winner.

Given then fact they are judged in bags the Koi really needs to make instant impact.  Some variety and size classes may have 20 or more entries.  The judges will quickly pick out maybe 4 or 5 of these for further consideration.  This isn’t the place for subtle delicate patterns, big bold sumi, lots of contrast, these are things that stand out.


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Of course, size matters, and when selecting Koi to enter it’s always advantageous to be at the upper end of the size class, i.e. if entering 30bu size class, a fish dead on 30cm is likely to stand more chance than one of 27.5cm.  The extra 2.5cm length makes a lot of difference in volume and presence in the bag.

For a full explanation of size and variety classes I would encourage you to see – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/07/the-international-junior-koi-show-demystified/

We’ll talk about some of these aspects on individual lots below……


Obviously lots of interest in Kujaku and no doubt Omosako, the farm of the moment, will bring strong challengers.  I think the 2 on the right of this group however look good challengers.  Hopefully they would both pop into 15bu size class.  Both have good shine, interesting patterns, and strong matsubamon.

Sakazume Koi Farm, Kujaku, 13-15cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Sakazume Koi Farm,
Kujaku,
13-15cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Koromo is not the most contested of classes and I think both of these could sneak the owner a prize in the 18bu Koromo class.

Sakazume Koi Farm,
Koromo,
16-18cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

This Ginrin Koromo would go into Ginrin B class, not an easy one, the place where you’ll find Ginrin Goshiki and Shiro Utsuri.  However, it’s got every chance of standing out from the crowd a little bit.  Even if you don’t win you’ve got something a little unusual to grow on…..


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Marushin Koi Farm, Ginrin Koromo, 26cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Marushin Koi Farm,
Ginrin Koromo,
26cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

This Koi however is likely much more competitive as long as it is the right side of 30cm.

Marushin Koi Farm, Koromo, 30cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Marushin Koi Farm,
Koromo,
30cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

I featured 3 Kawakami Koi in my previous auction post, all of which would have competed well at the Wakagoi Show.  This trio are a super strong team in the 30bu Goshiki class at the IJKS.  Enter all 3 and keep your fingers crossed.

Kawakami Koi Farm, Goshiki, 29-30cm, Nisai, Female

Kawakami Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
29-30cm,
Nisai,
Female

I mentioned strong sumi, bold patterns, and this Showa from Ooya Koi Farm has both, from nose to tail.  If it’s the right side of 21cm then perfectly sized too.

Ooya Koi Farm, Showa Sanshoku, 21cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Ooya Koi Farm,
Showa Sanshoku,
21cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

How could this Goshiki from Ozumi Ikarashi Koi Farm not catch the judges eye if the photo is truly representative.  Stunning contrast between the red pattern and the netted kuro background.  At 28cm it’s not big in the 30bu size class and maybe the body a little slender?  However, certainly has impact.

Ozumi Ikarashi Koi Farm, Goshiki, 28cm, Nisai, Sex unknown

Ozumi Ikarashi Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
28cm,
Nisai,
Sex unknown

Beni Kikokuryu have of course made history in previous International Junior Koi Shows.  This is a quite beautiful example with almost nothing to criticise (although I wish the pectoral fins matched).  Will be difficult for the judges to overlook, but expect strong competition in the Kawarigoi class.

Ozumi Ikarashi Koi Farm, Beni Kikokuryu, 29cm, Nisai, Sex unknown

Ozumi Ikarashi Koi Farm,
Beni Kikokuryu,
29cm,
Nisai,
Sex unknown

Izumiya Sanke are known for having strong sumi, and this little trio don’t disappoint.  If I had to pick one then it would probably be the one on the left, slightly more subtle but with a very important shoulder sumi.  However, as you’re buying 3 in the lot why not enter at least 2 of them.


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Izumiya Koi Farm, Sanke, 22cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Izumiya Koi Farm,
Sanke,
22cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Assuming neither of them have gone over the 27cm size, the 2 Sekiguchi Showa below would go head to head.  There’s also another in the auction which would be in 27bu as well.  These 2 stood out to me as having the most imposing sumi patterns.  The larger Gosanke sizes is no easy place to be taking part in the IJKS.

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa Sanshoku, 27cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Sekiguchi Koi Farm,
Showa Sanshoku,
27cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Sekiguchi Koi Farm, Showa Sanshoku, 26cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Sekiguchi Koi Farm,
Showa Sanshoku,
26cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Three strong challengers, super strong challengers, for the non Gosanke side of the prizes from AO Aokiya.  The smaller of the three I would anticipate to be the strongest of them to challenge.

AO Aokiya, Beni Kikokuryu, 32cm, Nisai, Sex unknown

AO Aokiya,
Beni Kikokuryu,
32cm,
Nisai,
Sex unknown

AO Aokiya, Beni Kikokuryu/Kikokuryu, 35cm, Nisai, Sex unknown

AO Aokiya,
Beni Kikokuryu/Kikokuryu,
35cm,
Nisai,
Sex unknown

As mentioned, large Gosanke sizes is not a place for the feint hearted at the IJKS. This 30bu Isa Showa meets the requirements to be a challenger, eye catching pattern with strong sumi.

Isa Koi Farm, Showa Sanshoku, 30cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Isa Koi Farm,
Showa Sanshoku,
30cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

I’m sure that this needs no explanation, yet another beautiful Kanno Koi Farm Goshiki.

Kanno Koi Farm, Goshiki, 31cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Kanno Koi Farm,
Goshiki,
31cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

These three Koi from Marusaka are right are all quality for their respective size and variety classes.

The Doitsu Sanke has deep shiny sumi, interesting pattern, surely a prize winner.


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Marusaka Koi Farm, Doitsu Sanke, 24cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Marusaka Koi Farm,
Doitsu Sanke,
24cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Hikarimoyo is possibly not a really competitive class, but that is no slight on this Koi.  Big bold imposing pattern, deep orange colouration.  Great chance of a prize.

Marusaka Koi Farm, Kikusui, 23cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Marusaka Koi Farm,
Kikusui,
23cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

A classic Beni Kumonryu, entered in Kumonryu class.  Strong defined linear sumi pattern on top of the 3 stop beni pattern.

Marusaka Koi Farm, Beni Kumonryu, 22cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Marusaka Koi Farm,
Beni Kumonryu,
22cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

For me the most competitive of the Dainichi entries for the IJKS.  Interesting pattern, particularly strong sumi pattern on the head.  I would be confident the ginrin is stronger and more evident in the flesh than the photograph.  30bu Ginrin A is a massively difficult class though.

Dainichi Koi Farm, Ginrin Showa, 28cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Dainichi Koi Farm,
Ginrin Showa,
28cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Whilst the Gosanke classes might be massively competitive, the Hi Utsuri/Ki Utsuri class is probably a lot kinder to those wishing to have a go at the Japanese Koi Show scene.  I would suggest the one on the right the more competitive of the two with its bolder sumi pattern and deeper more contrasting red.

Marudo Koi Farm, Hi Utsuri, 33-35cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Marudo Koi Farm,
Hi Utsuri,
33-35cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

If you could enter one of these in 18bu and one in 21bu then you could be onto a double winner from 1 lot.  A great ‘bowl’ of Doitsu Kohaku, but surely the 2 bottom left are the best of the bunch?  Would be perfect if the little maruten was 18bu and the bottom middle one nearer 20cm.

Shinoda Koi Farm, Doitsu Kohaku, 18-19cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Shinoda Koi Farm,
Doitsu Kohaku,
18-19cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Exactly what I said about the Marudo Hi Utsuri above applies here too.  I’d think bottom left was the strongest of them.


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Shinoda Koi Farm, Hi Utsuri, 24-26cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Shinoda Koi Farm,
Hi Utsuri,
24-26cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Another with 2 entries in one lot, 30bu Doitsu and 33bu Doitsu.  Both challengers, although I would favour the one on the right.

Shinoda Koi Farm, Doitsu Showa, 29cm male/32cm female, Nisai

Shinoda Koi Farm,
Doitsu Showa,
29cm male/32cm female,
Nisai

I wrote about Kujaku at the beginning, and much applies to these 2 as well.  Not sure which is what size but I’m rather leaning toward the one on the right, its matsubamon is somewhat more refined, and probably benefits from the greater amount of ‘white’ on the shoulder area.

Sakamaki Koi Farm, Kujaku, 24cm/26cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Sakamaki Koi Farm,
Kujaku,
24cm/26cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Hikari Utsuri is not usually the most competitive of classes and I think both of these put you in with a chance.  Probably the one on the right is the stronger of the two with its black nose dot, white shoulder area and contrasting pectoral fins.

Sakamaki Koi Farm,
Kin Showa,
23cm/22cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Finally a couple of lots of Beni Kumonryu from Takahashi Koi Farm, the first group in 18bu, the second in 21bu.  Surely something to win a prize in Kumonryu class in both of the lots.

Takahashi Koi Farm, Beni Kumonryu, 16-18cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Takahashi Koi Farm,
Beni Kumonryu,
16-18cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

Takahashi Koi Farm, Beni Kumonryu, 20cm, Tosai, Sex unknown

Takahashi Koi Farm,
Beni Kumonryu,
20cm,
Tosai,
Sex unknown

 

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.


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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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