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    Chinese Hobbyist Wins All-Japan: Not Really News

    Mat McCann re-posted info from KoiBito Japan:

    "All Japan Koi Show 2016 Grand Champion is called "Nishikigawa" (Brocaded River) and she is a Kohaku from Dainichi Toyota Koi Farm, Aichi Prefecture. She is 8 years old, 94cm and is owned by Mr. Pan, from China, With this win, Pan san now becomes the first koi hobbyist to have won the big four koi shows in Japan, the ZNA Koi Show, Rinyukai Koi Show, Wakagoi Koi Show and now the All Japan Koi Show."

    I know nothing about Mr. Pan. Nonetheless, his record of wins certainly emphasizes the internationalization of nishikigoi. It was not so long ago that it was big news when a non-Japanese won GC at a show in Japan.... any show. There would be much chatter about cultural changes in Japan, the growth of koikeeping elsewhere, the aging of Japanese hobbyists, and so much more. Now, it has become unexceptional at the highest levels. The coverage of the 2016 Shinkokai All-Japan GC is all about the koi and her breeder, Dainichi Toyota. That a Chinese hobbyist won the honors is not a central story line, if mentioned at all.

    I am reminded of an article in the November issue of Nichirin about Yagenji Koi Farm. It mentions that 80-90% of production is exported, and not just the lesser koi. The farm's sales of high quality koi are split 50-50 between domestic and international hobbyists. Reliance on exports has been common for japanese koi breeders for a generation. That reliance grows, reaching the point where exports do more than provide support for the most profitable sales, but are the center of profit. This has become true even for so traditional a farm as Yagenji, which does not reach across borders with internet-promoted auctions and such we expect from SFF, Momotaro and Dainichi.

    So, now a non-Japanese hobbyist has taken top honors at the ZNA National, Rinyukai National, Wakagoi and Shinkokai All-Japan shows. And, it is not headline news. It's worth noting that it is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    Mat McCann re-posted info from KoiBito Japan:

    "All Japan Koi Show 2016 Grand Champion is called "Nishikigawa" (Brocaded River) and she is a Kohaku from Dainichi Toyota Koi Farm, Aichi Prefecture. She is 8 years old, 94cm and is owned by Mr. Pan, from China, With this win, Pan san now becomes the first koi hobbyist to have won the big four koi shows in Japan, the ZNA Koi Show, Rinyukai Koi Show, Wakagoi Koi Show and now the All Japan Koi Show."

    I know nothing about Mr. Pan. Nonetheless, his record of wins certainly emphasizes the internationalization of nishikigoi. It was not so long ago that it was big news when a non-Japanese won GC at a show in Japan.... any show. There would be much chatter about cultural changes in Japan, the growth of koikeeping elsewhere, the aging of Japanese hobbyists, and so much more. Now, it has become unexceptional at the highest levels. The coverage of the 2016 Shinkokai All-Japan GC is all about the koi and her breeder, Dainichi Toyota. That a Chinese hobbyist won the honors is not a central story line, if mentioned at all.

    I am reminded of an article in the November issue of Nichirin about Yagenji Koi Farm. It mentions that 80-90% of production is exported, and not just the lesser koi. The farm's sales of high quality koi are split 50-50 between domestic and international hobbyists. Reliance on exports has been common for japanese koi breeders for a generation. That reliance grows, reaching the point where exports do more than provide support for the most profitable sales, but are the center of profit. This has become true even for so traditional a farm as Yagenji, which does not reach across borders with internet-promoted auctions and such we expect from SFF, Momotaro and Dainichi.

    So, now a non-Japanese hobbyist has taken top honors at the ZNA National, Rinyukai National, Wakagoi and Shinkokai All-Japan shows. And, it is not headline news. It's worth noting that it is not.
    That beautiful Kohaku won the GC, not the money....

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    Likewise when an American won an Ajks GC, it was not headlines news or news as well. So whats new?

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