Hope to see more Koi tomorrow when it is light!
Today the long travel home begain… Normally when I left Japan before, I took my suitcase on the train to Narita Airport and flew home, now I packed my suitcase and took a three ton truck with Koi as it`s cargo! This truck had more guests then only me: Hisato Nogami, Shigeru Mano and Futoshi Mano, who also was the driver today. After I said goodbye to the staff and Mano family, we left Ojiya to go for an adventurous journey to the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo. The 42nd edition of the Rinyukai Show will take place on the residence of this hotel. When we arrived, around five `o clock, it was already dark. The quick round I made along the show vats, told me that there were not a lot of big Koi there yet, I will hope to see them tomorrow when it is light! Read More
Did I already mentioned the weather today? The pool area was certainly an appropriate name for the show tooday...
Today was the second day of the Rinyukai. After all the Koi were released in the show vats yesterday, it was now time to judge them! After the opening ceremony, the returnal of the victory flag by Narita Koi Farm and the introduction of the fifteen-headed judge which later were devided into five groups, it was time to assign assistents to each judging group. It is funny to know that I was assistent today of the winners of the Grand and Supreme Champion of the 42nd edition of the Rinyukai Show… Read More
Here she is: the Grand Champion of the Rinyukai 2011!
This is the moment you have all been waiting for: last year it was won by Danny’s Koi Café from Belgium, the year before by Kris Kasemsarn (Mr. M) from Thailand; this year again a foreigner perhaps? I will not let you wait: the answer is no. The 42nd edition of the Rinyukai Show, held in Tokyo, was won by Satoshi Murakawa…
The Supreme/Jumbo Champion of the 42nd Rinyukai Show!
My appologize for the late publication of the Supreme Champion of the Rinyukai from last weekend, but that is mainly because I am now back in the Netherlands again! A long flight, a movement and my start at the university were all part of the reason for this delay. But let us focus on the Supreme (on this show the number two is named Jumbo Champion) Champion now: This Yondan (four step) Kohaku is 94 centimeter long, bred by Sakai Fish Farm and owned by Yohanes Jusuf from (if I am correct) Indonesia.
The GC now in video...
After having you shown the Grand Champion and Supreme Champion of the Rinyukai with photo’s, it is now time to show you a video of this wonderfull Kohaku. Maruyama Kohaku, you should keep them in mind. Not only this Kohaku triumphed, also another fascinating Kohaku took a nice reward on this Koi Show. I will introduce this Kohaku to you in a later blog. Since the mid 60′s of the previous century, Futoshi Maruyama was a close friend to the late Minoru Mano. Together they were the creators of the famous Kagura bloodline. Read More
After becoming the most famous European dealer since their victory on the 41st Rinyukai Show, they were present again this year. You might now about who I am talking about: Danny and Mie from Danny’s Koi Café from Belgium! Last year D.K.C. (as their name is probably to long, you always see D.K.C. in the show results in magazines) took Grand Champion on this Rinyukai with the Yondan Nogami Kohaku, named Pandora. Later she became Supreme Champion on this year’s All Japan Koi Show and also won the Asia Cup. This time they were back to see how their customer’s Koi are performing on the show. For me, a Kohaku owned by the Dutch hobbyist Harry Van Der Hout, was the biggest rough diamond on the show! Read More