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    All Japan Show February 4-5, 2017

    Mark Gardner's site has been adding items in anticipation of the Shinkokai AJS. Nishikigoi.Life » In just a little over 3 weeks we will see if the idea of last year's 'princess' becoming GC pans out. However it turns out, we can be sure there will be awesome nishikigoi and can dream of having such koi in our ponds.

    The Shinkokai All-Japan is generally seen as the most prestigious of all shows. It is put on by professionals and if it was not for the fact that some hobbyist owns the fish in competition, it really would not have much to do with hobbyists at all. Ask folks who won GC at the last AJS and most will tell you the name of a breeder. Breeders organize it, breeders (or a specialized dealer) raise the koi, breeders enter the koi, breeders judge the koi. The guy who paid for it all gets a trophy to take home. It is a huge promotion for breeders, and it has succeeded in it's goal.

    Years ago, there would be post-show news about some groups of foreign visitors wandering off to Niigata to search for koi, only to find it was too snow-bound, nothing was for sale or breeders were not around to make a sale. I'm told that there are more post-show sales than in the past, but advance arrangements are often needed.

    Things have taken a different turn in the South. There are now post-show auctions. Dealers can travel south on the 6th, and then attend a Momotaro auction on the 7th, followed by a Sakai Fish Farm auction on the 8th. It's almost certain that SFF will take multiple high awards for something, and a fairly good bet that Momotaro will take something. The post-show fever should run high. With clients excited by what they saw at the AJS, dealers are likely to bid high for the offerings. SFF and Momotaro have not posted their auction fish yet. I expect to see offspring from the same oyagoi that produced their leading AJS entries.

    It's all good business.

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    Russell Peters on Judging the All Japan Show:
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    Mark Gardner has done his review of top contenders for 2017 honors. It is worth the read: 2017 All Japan Koi Show Grand Champion Contenders » Nishikigoi.Life

    Mark approaches the subject the way sports news previews teams entering a basketball tournament or race horses entered in the derby. There should be more news like this concerning nishikigoi. Add background on where the contenders are being raised, who is handling them, their owners, etc. and the competitive spirit would increase even more... all for the good of further advancement in the breeders' art. But, that is not the 'style' of those who write articles about koi or purport to report news. That Mark makes the effort is one of the many reasons his contributions mean so much to the hobby. He has displaced the 'mystique' fables of past decades with factual reporting, and in the process has laid a foundation for building up the hobby in a contemporary fashion. If only others would help build on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    Mark Gardner has done his review of top contenders for 2017 honors. It is worth the read: 2017 All Japan Koi Show Grand Champion Contenders » Nishikigoi.Life

    Mark approaches the subject the way sports news previews teams entering a basketball tournament or race horses entered in the derby. There should be more news like this concerning nishikigoi. Add background on where the contenders are being raised, who is handling them, their owners, etc. and the competitive spirit would increase even more... all for the good of further advancement in the breeders' art. But, that is not the 'style' of those who write articles about koi or purport to report news. That Mark makes the effort is one of the many reasons his contributions mean so much to the hobby. He has displaced the 'mystique' fables of past decades with factual reporting, and in the process has laid a foundation for building up the hobby in a contemporary fashion. If only others would help build on it.
    Indeed.

    I'm thinking trading cards, like baseball. "Who's got rookie Lion Queen for sale?"

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