ZNA Koi Show – Kobe


We managed to get ourselves out of bed in time to catch the 8.15am plane from Matsuyama to Osaka.From there it took 2 taxis and a train to arrive at the ZNA Show in Kobe-the 2nd biggest koi show in Japan.With over 1000 koi entered-the vast majority being gosanke- the competition was extremely high.Sakai alone had bought over 50 koi to the show in 3 trucks.The only downside was the weather.This did little to dampen my spirits when we saw how well one of Mark’s koi had done!

Daisuke from Momotaro Koi Farm venturing out into the rain-

The judges had their work cut out for them in the rain-

One of the highlights of my trip,seeing Marks Kohaku I selected for him last year win Best Kohaku in size 65 bu and second best koi in size overall-a fantastic achievment!!!

Mark’s Sanke was also looking good-great potential!

Paul videoing some of the koi on show-

Grand Champion-Sakai 97cm 9 year old Kohaku belonging to Felix from Indonesia-

The same koi when Kentaro showed her to us 3 days earlier at Sakai Fish Farm-

Some other impressive bigger koi at the Show-

Massive Doitsu Karashigoi well over 1 meter-

80 bu Sakai Kohaku,beautiful pattern-

Another big Sakai sandan Kohaku with incredible body beni-

Very difficult to find a 80cm+ Ochiba with this quality-

Well done again to Mark-great to see a South African name on the winners list!