With the biggest,most prestigious koi show in the world happening in Tokyo this weekend the question on every ones lips will be which breeder/koi will win the main award.
In 2010 I saw a spectacular koi at Sakai which I felt was good enough to win the prize.The parent was M.Kohaku and the owner Kris Kasemsarn (M-san) from Thailand and the dealer Ken from Thai Nippon Koi Farm. These are the pictures from then-
I correctly predicted she would win.
The general trend is that a koi wins the All Japan and then gets sold to a hobbyist to win a smaller show- often the All Asia Show- or gets used by the breeder as a parent koi.
Generally this is because a fish really has to be at its peak to win this award and will generally never reach this level again – as the history of All Japan winners proves.
This koi was sent back to Sakai to be spawned as a parent.Kentaro spawned her successfully last year.The amazing thing is,after spawning she is now looking bigger and better than ever – in my opinion.Will the 9 year old “M Legend” be good enough to win for a second time-with a years gap in between? I reckon she will make history with “Loran” and win again this weekend!