Welcome to 1st Kodama Virtual Koi Show

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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. 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: Futoshi Mano from Dainichi Koi Farm and Mitsunori Isa from Isa Koi Farm

Koi Show Sponsors:

2020 Schedule:
10/15 – Registration Opens
11/25 – Registration Closes
12/9 – Award Ceremony & Judges Seminar

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A big thank you to Joan Fujimoto for her generous donation, in Memory of Bobby and Alice Fujimoto.


Official Koi Show Rules

Rules & Regulations:

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  • Entry fee is $5/Koi. We 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 or link to youtube/vimeo (Horizontal video is recommended.)
  • Koi picture and video must be taken on 5/1/2020 or after
  • 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
  • *No Doitsu Hirenaga butterfly category. They will go under each variety category.
Size Categories:
  • Size 1 - Under 10"
  • Size 2 - 10 - 16"
  • Size 3 - 16 - 22"
  • Size 4 - 22 - 28"
  • Size 5 - 28” +


Awards will be announced during virtual award ceremony on 12/9/2020!

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
  • Reserve Grand champion
  • Mature champion or Best in Size 4
  • Adult champion or Best in Size 3
  • Young champion or Best in Size 2
  • Baby champion or Best in Size 1
  • Sakura champion (non Gosanke)

Best in Sizes

  • Size 1 - Under 10"
  • Size 2 - 10 - 16"
  • Size 3 - 16 - 22"
  • Size 4 - 22 - 28"
  • Size 5 - 28” +

Best in Varieties

People's Choice Award

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

All people who register for the koi show are able to vote on the koi and can vote on all their favorites. Invite your friends to vote even if they didn't submit a koi to the show. Whichever koi has the most upvotes wins the people's choice award!

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

Special Awards & Prizes

  • Mamoru Kodama Prize
  • Hi Silk 21 Koi Food Prize
  • JPD Koi Food Prize
  • Nualgi Ponds Prize
  • Rinko Magazine 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 11/25
  • Award Ceremony with Judges Seminar will be 12/9 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

Kodama Koi Show Has Been Featured On: 

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

1st Virtual Kodama Koi Show Entries

The 2020 award winners were decided by our elite judges, sponsors, and koi show participants. These are the best of the best koi, submitted to our koi show, from over 300 koi.

Koi Size
Grand Champion
Super Tancho
Sakura Champion
Jumbo Champion
Taisho Sanke
AM Taisho Sanke 2
Mature Champion
Taisho Sanke
AM Taisho Sanke 1
Adult Champion
Taisho Sanke
The Kohaku
Young Champion
Gold Member
Baby Champion
Hikarimono (Hikarimoyo / HikariUtsuri / Hikari Muji )
Hoshi Red
Mamoru Kodama Award
Zipper 2
People’s Choice Award
Asagi & Shusui
Rinko Magazine Award
Kawarimono (including Bekko
JPD Koi Food Award
Sakai Sanke
Hi Silk Koi Food Award
Taisho Sanke
AV Showa
Isa Koi Farm Special Award
CT Kohaku
Dainichi Koi Farm Special Award
4 Step Kohaku 2
Taisho Sanke
JG Goshiki
Koromo & Goshiki
Koromo & Goshiki
JL Kohaku

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.

Thank You To Our Koi Show Award Sponsors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors who have donated their product to create some really fantastic show award packages.

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