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The Botan Awards of the 2013 All Japan Show

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This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series All Japan Combined Nishikigoi Show 2013

Botan 90 Bu - Best in Variety Hi/Ki Utsuri - bred by Shinoda Koi Farm - Version 2 Botan means peony and is a native plant in Japan. Traditionally it is also used in medicin. This is the final blog to complete the series of Major Award winners of the 44th All Japan Combined Nishikigoi Show. The Botan prize is one of the three special awards given, next to the Tsubaki and Sakura Awards and includes only the varieties Hikari Muji, Asagi, Shusui, Bekko, Hikari Utsuri and Hi/Ki Utsuri.

Surprisingly enough, none Hikari Muji (single colored metallic Koi) were awarded a Botan Award. Also only one Asagi was winner of a Botan. Shusui, Hi/Ki Utsuri and Kin Showa were this year the dominant varieties, winning respectively six, four and four awards. The Best Botan was a 80 Bu Shusui, which is quite a stunning fish. Nice body shape, clean patterns, which make this Shusui the deserved winner of the Best Botan Award. Honestly I prefer the skin quality of the 75 Bu Shusui, but this one is also a bit younger and it is easier to have a nice and shiny skin with young Koi. The 65 Bu Doitsu Kin Showa, bred by Marusaka is really quite a stunning Koi. Although not really ‘black’, it is mainly the red patterns that make this Doitsu Kin Showa so striking. Honestly, my favorite of this year’s Botan awards is the 90 Bu Hi Utsuri, bred by Shinoda Koi Farm. I have not seen a Hi Utsuri with such a good Beni quality and lustre so far. Really, really impressive! Hopefully the Sumi will come up in the following years, and than she will even become more beautiful!

Botan 90 Bu - Best in Variety Hi/Ki Utsuri - bred by Shinoda Koi Farm

Botan 90 Bu – Best in Variety Hi/Ki Utsuri – bred by Shinoda Koi Farm

Botan 85 Bu

Botan 85 Bu

Botan 80 Bu - Best in Variety Shusui + Best Botan (owned by Narita Koi Farms)

Botan 80 Bu – Best in Variety Shusui + Best Botan (owned by Narita Koi Farms)

Botan 75 Bu

Botan 75 Bu – bred by Konishi Koi Farm

Botan 70 Bu

Botan 70 Bu

Botan 65 Bu

Botan 65 Bu – bred by Marusaka Koi Farm

Botan 60 Bu

Botan 60 Bu – bred by Hosokai Koi Farm

Botan 55 Bu - Owned by Elna Koi

Botan 55 Bu – Owned by Elna Koi

Botan 50 Bu

Botan 50 Bu

Botan 45 Bu

Botan 45 Bu

Botan 40 Bu

Botan 40 Bu

Botan 35 Bu

Botan 35 Bu

Botan 30 Bu

Botan 30 Bu

Botan 25 Bu

Botan 25 Bu

Botan 20 Bu

Botan 20 Bu

Botan 15 Bu

Botan 15 Bu

Botan 12 Bu

Botan 12 Bu