As we continue our visits to top koi breeders to introduce you to their focus and expertise, today finds us with Mr. Hisato Nogami. Nogami Koi Farm bred spectacular Kohaku that have continuously won grand championships; Niigata Nishikigoi Show, 2008 and 2011, and in the Zen Nihon Rinyukai Show, 2010.
The clean and tidy indoor pond house of the Nogami Koi Farm
[History]Located in the city of Nagaoka,Niigata, the farm has a 44year breeding history.
Takara: Grand Champion, Over 85 Bu, Kohaku in the 48th Niigata Nishikigoi Show, 2008.
[Mr. Hisato Nogami's unforgettable koi]
This Kohaku (“Takara”) was produced, raised and personally given the finishing touches by Mr. Hisato Nogami as his first solo trial. It is representative of the Nogami Kohaku whose quality and white base are most impressive.
When this fish was young, it already showed refined quality, luster and body shape with splendid skeletal structure. Unfortunately, its pattern was rather poor due to the poor second Hi marking which was a little too short and didn't hang down the side of the fish's body.
However, when the fish reached seven years old, its skin came to look even more beautiful. The fish turned to a Kohaku whose highlight became the beautiful pattern created by the brilliant white base adorned with red Hi markings. Even that poor second Hi was working to set off the glistening scales and pure white skin.
At the age of eight, Mr. Nogami exhibited this Kohaku in the 48th Niigata Nishikigoi Show, where it won the grand championship. After that, Mr.Nogami decided to exhibit it in a national show, and started to develop his finishing touches to this Kohaku personally. He chose to use two types of Saki-Hikari®, one for gaining weight and the other for color enrichment. He also learned the kind, amount and exact time to stop feeding food were paramount to his success. This Kohaku was nominated as one of the candidates for the grand champion in the 40th All Japan Koi Show, and created much excitement at the show. The next year, in the 41st show, it obtained the Kokugyo Prize in the 90 Bu class.
Yondan: This Kohaku is also one of the representatives of the Nogami Kohaku. It is becoming more and more beautiful year after year, and has achieved good results in three consecutive shows; the grand championship winner in the 41st Zen Nihon Rinyukai Show in 2010, the gigantic championship winner in the 42nd All Japan Koi Show in 2011 and the grand championship winner in the 4th Asia Cup Koi Show in 2011.
Q.What sort of koi do you intend to breed?I intend to produce koi with splendid Hi and white skin along with a magnificent physique. However, I always attach more importance to the beauty than the size of the fish.
Q.Could you tell us your secret to choosing a good Nogami Kohaku?The Nogami Kohaku has a trait of gradually becoming a better koi.When you choose a young Nogami Kohaku, please choose one with a solid body shape and don't pay too much attention to the markings and the color of the skin.
Q.With a total farming area of 5 hectares, Nogami Koi Farm is not a huge koi farm. What do you think enabled your koi to be recent successive award winners?
Mr. Nogami is selecting young fish to meet his strict criteria with a keen eye.
Q.What do you demand from koi food?
Q.How do you use food properly?
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