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Hi Utsuri @ 27"
Shinoda bred, 5.5 year old female

Hi Utsuri @ 31"
Shinoda bred, 7 year old female
"Each and every October when I go to Niigata for the new Nishikigoi harvest, my first stop has always been Shinoda farm. I am deeply saddened that there is no Shinoda farm to go to as his greenhouses, office, home and even mud ponds were completely destroyed from the massive earthquake that hit this area of northern Japan (THE NIIGATA EARTHQUAKE OF OCTOBER 23, 2004). Mr. Shinoda and his family survived this terrible tragedy but only one of his prized breeders, his famous mother Ginrin Showa, which he hand carried down the mountain to save her. His breeds of Hi Utsuri, Ginrin Showa and Doitsu Showa are world famous for their EXCELLENCE and WINNINGS at all koi shows. This Hi Utsuri in my collection was purchased just before the earthquake hit and was taken out of the effected area only hours before his farm was completely destroyed. She was one of four of his top three year old females that I was fortunate to acquire. She has it all, excellent body conformation, a perfect pattern of deep crimson Hi color and wet ink black Sumi. She is a "Picture Perfect" specimen that you see only at Japan's top koi shows. The only way that I would part with her would be to give her back to Mr. Shinoda in order that he can start breeding his magnificent art work again. I think that I will offer her to him when I meet with him this year in Japan."


18" Kin Kikokuryu
Marusaka bred
2 year old female

"Our Spotlight Koi, Kin Kikokuryu is a very rare find of top All Japan show quality. Her full balanced pattern of metallic butterscotch starts at the tip of her nose and goes all the way back to the beginning of her tail. The high sheen platinum background intersects along the way at critical points creating the beautiful complex art work. The round menware on top of the head, wet black ink cheeks and gill plates, zipper scales along the dorsal ridge, black striping on her dorsal and tailfin along with the symmetrical butterscotch motoguro on each of her pectoral fins completes this master piece. Her body conformation is rated a perfect “10” with her wide head, broad shoulders and thick tail joint. At only two years of age and already 18” in length this big beautiful girl will grow to jumbo status."




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