When I visited Narita Koi Farms in February 2013, Ryuki wanted to show me one of his great expectations for 2015. He expects this Koi, a Sakai Fish Farm Sanke, to become Grand Champion at the 2015 All Japan Combined Nishikigoi Show. At the time of my visit, this Sanke was yonsai (in her fourth year of life) and already 79 cm. At the time of purchase, she was Sansai and 69 cm. This means that the Sanke already grew for 10 cm in the past year! Continue reading and find out why he thinks this Sanke has the potential to become the new All Japan Grand Champion! Read More
When talking about Shiro Utsuri, people think about the Omosako Koi Farm, which is absolutely correct in my eyes. The Omosako Koi Farm has been awarded with many prizes. Although there are more breeders that are getting closer and closer to the quality of Omosako Shiro Utsuri. One of these is the Okawa Koi Farm. Read more in this blog about the development of a prize winning Okawa Shiro Utsuri. Read More
In the context of his training to become judge, Richard Albertsboer came with the idea to let a few international respected judges, judge a couple Size 4 Taisho Sanshoku. These Sanke were entered to the First ZNA All European NVN Young Holland Koi show, held in Nijverdal, the Netherlands. This judgement was done by using photographs instead of doing it live. Would the result be the same as the results on the show?
As I had written before, I was not expecting a big competition for the challenge to become Grand Champion of the 44th edition of the All Japan Combined Nishikigoi Show. And I was correct. Concerning the Supreme Champion / Runner Up award I was wrong with my expectations. Instead of one of the previous mentioned Koi, a very interesting Showa from Momotaro Koi Farm became second! In this blog you can read about how the voting rounds went. Read More
At the Holland Koi Show it wasn’t just about Koi. Our KoiQuestion teammember Anton Font Freide took part in the goldfish show and colleague Engel Kromhout van der Meer did an interview with Sebastian Prati, one of the judges in the shrimp-contest. Read more about what Engel discovered about judging shrimp. Read More
“A nice sumi stripe is present on the fins. Because I don’t know the age of the Sanke in question I would say nisai. A beautiful long stretched body with a broad tale starting point. No sumi on the forehead and as shown in the first picture, a beautifully long stretched head. Personally I find it very beautiful when minimally one sumi patch also appears in the white field. It gives them something innocent. Personally I think it’s a beautiful fish. Mainly due to the colour scheme/pattern.” Continue reading about my opinion of this Sanke! Read More
The Kohaku has a strong body and the head is exactly big enough. With 37cm it is not a Jumbo Tosai for Momotaro standards, but that says nothing about the other quality aspects. The Koi has the right proportions and a strong tail is equally important as a wide head with well positioned eyes. The large meheba (distance between eyes) is an indicator for growth potential.
KoiQuestion was present with a stand at the BKS Koi Show in Bokrijk in Belgium, as you could read before. During this show Bram Rohaan gave a workshop about: ‘how to judge the potential of young Koi?’. It is common knowledge that colour and pattern are the main criteria for a Koi selection. Of course, there are more important criteria as many people know, but the real know-how of Koi selection is less known, though that’s what we observed at Bram’s workshop.
Tricolore at it's best...
Bought as a jumbo tosai in the spring of 2010. My first purchase in Japan, right away with one of the biggest names in the world: Dainichi. Her size of 32 centimeter was not huge, but the quality of her skin and body were really promising. Check out the blog for her development so far… Read More