I did receive a request to post a few more pictures of some of the koi we’ve seen.
Here are a some from the Niigata Breeders show, a few of the koi farms in Niigata and from the Hiroshima Nogasai (Agricultural) Show. The Hiroshima show is also a breeders show that is very similar, though a bit smaller, than the show we attended in Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture.
I’ve also tried to identify the variety of koi in each picture. I believe I have most of them correctly identified. I had my identifications reviewed by a professional (Tony Prew). All should be correct unless I missed a some when I reviewed my pictures with Tony (my task during a 3 hour train ride). I had about 80% correct. I’m learning!!!
Any errors are mine alone and I’m sure someone will let me know if I’ve misidentified a variety.
In any case, you can begin to get a feel for the varieties of koi that are available in Japan.
If you are interested in learning a bit more about the Japanese Koi Industry, its development and the varieties of koi visit the International Nishikigoi Promotion Center’s web site.
Here are the pictures in no particular order: