This Toshio Sakai sanke owned by Jim and Nancy Vaden was purchased in 2011 as a three year old via long distance after seeing a picture that was emailed to them from Japan. She was 63 cm (25") and Mr. Sakai indicated at the time of purchase that she would exceed a meter in length once fully grown. He also indicated that he would be grooming her for a future All Japan Show.
In 2012 she grew to 75 cm (30") and as of October 2013 is 82 cm (32"). Mr. Sakai continues to indicate that she will exceed a meter in length once she is fully grown. She will not go back to the mud pond in 2013. Instead, Mr. Sakai will keep her in a separate concrete pond to develop her body growth. She is currently scheduled to to go to the All Japan Show in 2015.
This 7-year-old 80cm (32") Sanke, bred by Toshio Sakai,
belongs to Jim and Nancy Vaden. They purchased her at 66cm (26") at 3 years old,
and left her in Japan to grow. She was entered in the 44th All Japan Koi Show
held in Tokyo, Japan the first weekend in February, 2013 and won first runner up
in her 85 BU class. She will arrive in Ashland City, TN this spring/summer. Jim
and Nancy attended the show.
It's a real honor to have a koi entered into the All Japan Show.
The 3 year old Showa shown below owned by Jim and Nancy Vaden was bred by Fujio Oomo and was also entered into the All Japan Show. She is 63 cm (25") and won first runner up in her 65bu class. She will remain in Japan for at least another year to see if she improves and may be entered into the 2014 All Japan Show.