Welcome to the 2nd Kodama Virtual Koi Show!

The Virtual Koi Show has started!

The goal of this koi show is to educate & promote the joys of koi keeping as a hobby. We hope to encourage your interest in learning great husbandry for keeping Japanese koi and to support efforts to create more koi masters.

Entry Details: $5 entry fee per koi that you enter into the virtual koi show. Our team can add entry for you for $10 / koi.  Everyone can register for the koi show and upvote their favorite koi.

What are the Awards?: Cedar Plaque, Trophy, and Certificate are the top awards There will be many other awards, prizes by our sponsors and even a People’s Choice Award, as voted on by your peers.

Official Judges:
Mr. Isa from Isa Koi Farm
Mr. Mano from Dainichi Koi Farm

Koi Show Sponsors:

11/18/21 - Registration Opens
01/13/22 - Registration Closes
01/21/22 - Award Ceremony & Judges Seminar.

No entry is required to attend Award Ceremony. Everybody is welcome. Registration info will be posted later.

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Official Koi Show Rules

Rules & Regulations:

  • Entry fee is $5/Koi. We also welcome donations.
  • Our team will upload your entry for a $10/koi fee.
  • This Koi show is open to all Koi lovers including hobbyists and dealers.
  • The entrants must be from America (North, Central and South America) to win awards.
  • All the Koi must be entered by a personal name, not a business name.
  • All the entered Koi must be owned by the entrant at the time of registration and award ceremony.
  • All the submitted image and information must be owned by the entrant.
  • The images and videos should not show anything but Koi as much as possible.
  • The submitted information should not contain any information of breeders and dealers and any information that the organizer judge may affect the judging.
  • Every entry must be pre approved by the organizer for the acceptance of registration.
  • The organizer has a right to reconfirm the entry information with entrants and/or correct the entry information without contacting entrants.
  • Once published, replacements of images and videos are not allowed.
  • By participating, entrants agree that the organizer will own rights to use all images or information collected from entries, comments or ratings for marketing purposes.

Entering Koi In Show

Please review and submit the necessary information with the form online:

  • Koi Name - Does your koi have a name? Put a title for what we should refer to your koi as.
  • Koi Description - Write a description about this koi. Tell a story, it's history, how it's pattern changed. It's your canvas!
  • Approximate Size and Size category - It is an honor system. Please provide as accurate or best estimate information as possible.
  • Variety & Category - The information will be double checked by the organizer.
  • Koi Picture(s) - Vertical photo preferred and larger photos are recommended. Jpg or Png files accepted. Minimum size: width 320px x height 500px. Up to 3 images allowed.
  • Koi Video - (up to 60 seconds) upload to youtube/vimeo (Horizontal video is recommended.) For judging, it is the best you upload the video to youtube and insert the link.
  • Koi picture and video must be must be recent within the last 5 months.
  • Name, Email, Phone Number - Enter the information to contact you about where to send your award if you win.

Koi Show Categories:

Variety Categories:
  • Kohaku
  • Taisho Sanke
  • Showa
  • Utsurimono
  • Asagi & Shusui
  • Koromo & Goshiki
  • Kawarimono (including Bekko, Muji)
  • Hikarimono (Hikarimoyo / HikariUtsuri / Hikari Muji)
  • Tancho
  • KinGinrin
  • Hirenaga / Butterfly
  • *No Doitsu category. They will go under each variety category.
Size Categories:
  • 15 Bu - Under 15cm or 6”
  • 25 Bu - 15-25cm or 6-10”
  • 35 Bu - 25-35cm or 10-12”
  • 45 Bu - 35-45cm or 12-18”
  • 55 Bu - 45-55cm or 18-22”
  • 65 Bu - 55-65cm or 22-26”
  • 75 Bu - 65-75cm or 26-30”
  • 75 Bu + - 30” +


Awards will be announced during virtual award ceremony on 01/07/2021!

No Koi can win more than one award, except for special awards.

* Delivery of the prizes - FREE delivery to a winner in the U.S.A. Winners from outside US must pay the shipping. Please note some countries may not allow import of prize items such as koi food. In such cases, no compensation will be provided.

Major Trophies

  • Grand champion
  • Mature champion from Best in Size 75 and 75+
  • Adult champion from Best in Size 55 and 65
  • Young champion from Best in Size 35 and 45
  • Baby champion from Best in Size 15 and 25
  • Sakura champion (non Gosanke)   from all sizes

Best in Sizes

  • 15 Bu - Under 15cm or 6”
  • 25 Bu - 15-25cm or 6-10”
  • 35 Bu - 25-35cm or 10-12”
  • 45 Bu - 35-45cm or 12-18”
  • 55 Bu - 45-55cm or 18-22”
  • 65 Bu - 55-65cm or 22-26”
  • 75 Bu - 65-75cm or 26-30”
  • 75 Bu + - 30” +

Best in Varieties

People's Choice Prize

The koi with the most votes will receive it's own award as voted on by users.

All people are able to vote on the koi to vote for their favorite. Invite your friends to vote even if they didn't submit a koi to the show. Whichever koi has the most votes wins the people's choice award!

Major winners will be published in Rinko magazine, the Japanese Koi magazine!

Special Awards & Prizes

  • Mamoru Kodama Prize
  • People’s Choice Prize

How To Enter Koi Show:

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  • Start by adding a koi entry or signing up for an account.
  • Use your dashboard to manage koi entries, view payments, orders, and change password.
  • Checkout to pay for and list your koi on the website that have been submitted.
  • You can upvote and bookmark your favorite koi at anytime to support the People's Choice Award.
  • Koi Registration closes on 01/13/22
  • Award Ceremony with Judges Seminar will be 01/21/22 on Zoom

Remember to invite friends who can create accounts and upvote your koi to get more votes. (don't abuse this feature!)

What Should I Say About My Koi? - Koi Videos, Koi Photos, Variety, and Size details will be the only content judged for the koi show. Name and Description are a unique opportunity for you to share your koi details. Avoid use of any breeders information, we will remove from description. 

How Do I Take High Quality Koi Photos? - We recommend you read our new blog post about taking pictures of koi. It features our best tips for taking a clear photo or video of your koi fish.

Watch a video walk-through of the koi show platform

Vote for Your Favorite Koi

Tell us which koi ID you like the best and why!

The koi with the most votes at the end will be crowned the victor of our People's Choice Prize. Please only send in one vote per person. You may want to wait to vote until all the entries have been submitted. Thank you for participating in the voting!
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Kodama Koi Show Has Been Featured On:

Major winners will be published in Rinko magazine, the Japanese Koi magazine!

Grand Champion Prize

The Grand Champion Koi owner wins this Akita Cedar Table Lamp valued at $790 on Kodama Koi Supply! 

Made by a Japanese craftsman from aromatic Akita cedar, this table lamp has delicate openwork design that follows the wood's natural grain to show intricate koi designs; and the acrylic panels softens the light with Japanese kanji saying, "Swimming jewel koi".

Read more about the lamp here

2nd Virtual Kodama Koi Show Entries

75 Bu + - 30” +
75 Bu + - 30” +
Taisho Sanke
75 Bu + - 30” +
Taisho Sanke
75 Bu + - 30” +
Taisho Sanke
75 Bu + - 30” +
75 Bu + - 30” +
Doitsu Kohaku - DD
45 Bu - 35-45cm or 12-18”
Hirenaga Kinikokuryu - DD
Hikarimono (Hikarimoyo / HikariUtsuri / Hikari Muji)
45 Bu - 35-45cm or 12-18”
Taisho Sanke - AM
Taisho Sanke
65 Bu - 55-65cm or 22-26”
Kohaku2 - AM
45 Bu - 35-45cm or 12-18”
Kohaku1 - AM
55 Bu - 45-55cm or 18-22”
65 Bu - 55-65cm or 22-26”
Biggie Smalls
75 Bu + - 30” +
Budo Goromo
Koromo & Goshiki
55 Bu - 45-55cm or 18-22”
Female Kujaku
Hikarimono (Hikarimoyo / HikariUtsuri / Hikari Muji)
75 Bu - 65-75cm or 26-30”
65 Bu - 55-65cm or 22-26”
Taisho Sanke
75 Bu + - 30” +
Maruten Sanke
Taisho Sanke
75 Bu + - 30” +
3 step female Kohaku
75 Bu - 65-75cm or 26-30”
2 Step Kohaku
55 Bu - 45-55cm or 18-22”

It is a Great Honor to Introduce our Prestigious Koi Show Judges!

Mitsunori Isa
Isa Koi Farm

Isa Koi Farm was founded by his father, Hajime Isa in 1971. As the second generation Koi breeder, Mr. Mitsunori Isa is pushing the quality standard of Isa Koi Farm very high. As his company motto “Pursuit the one” says, he goal is to breed an ultimate beauty, in other words, grand champion title at All Japan Koi Show.

In 2013, he won grand champion with his Showa at All Niigata Koi Breeder Koi Show (Nogyosai). In 2019, he won the same title again with his Kohaku at the same show. His passion for the ultimate beauty evolves his Koi every year.

Along with Mr. Futoshi Mano, Mr. Isa is not only a top breeder in Japan but also a leader of the Nishikigoi industry in Japan. It is our honor to have Mr. Isa as our judge this time.

Futoshi Mano

Dainichi Koi Farm

Losing his father young, he has worked so hard with his brothers to build the world renown Koi farm. In the Koi hobby, it is hard to find somebody who does not know the “Dainichi” name even if you are new.

Dainichi Koi Farm has produced many grand champions in Japan as well as outside Japan. The grand champion Kohaku at the last All Japan Koi show is still very fresh in our memory.

We are very honored to have Mr. Futoshi Mano, the owner of Dainichi Koi Farm, as one of the judges for our first Koi show. Together with Mr. Isa, he is a leader of the Nishikigoi industry in Japan.

View Grand Champion from 1st Kodama Virtual Koi Show

KOI Name: Gabby
KOI ID: 3483
Variety: Kohaku

"This kohaku is our favorite koi. When she came out of the mud, she had a large scab (scrape) on her shoulder so we named her Scabby. Luckily, the scab healed over and so we named her Gabby instead."

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