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60th Anniversery Nagaoka Nogyosai Koi Show

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The other day I had the privilege to attend the Nagaoka Nogyosai Koi Show. Rather than the hobbyist competing, this one pits the breeders against one another to see will come out victorious!

The show took place in Nagaoka, at the local town center near Ojiya. Shawn was honored to be a judge and I tagged along to photograph, and watch. Here’s what I saw.

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Breeders hustle to get their fish into the tanks before the show

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Photos hang on the side of the show tanks containing the fish info

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Masato Hoshino

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The public makes its rounds before the judging starts.

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Shawn and Steve standing before the judges are called.

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The jackets worn by the Koi Show staff.

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Masaharu Hoshino, the head judge, organizing the event.

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The judging has started.

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The judges line up in their groups to turn anonymously vote for Grand Champion. The first fish voted for.

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More judging, Masato leads the group in voting.

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Grand Champion Kohaku

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Best in size Sanke

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Best in size Goshiki

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Best in size Sanke

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Best in size Kohaku

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Judges after the show

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Afterwards we attended the after party, where the awards and trophies were given away.

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-Ryan

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