Tuesday, October 4, 2016

05/10/2016: Nishikigoi carp growing in popularity outside of Japan

The popularity of nishikigoi carp is growing outside Japan.

According to a recently published article on JapanTimes, the Nishikigoi, also known as the “swimming jewel”, can fetch up to ten of millions of yen (100,000 USD+).

Exports from the Tokai region, an area that actively breeds and raises Japanese brocaded carp, grew to ¥264 million in 2015, 20 times higher than in 2010.

Image: Icaro Ferracini
After purchase, many foreign buyers ask local fish farms to raise their nishikigoi for them and enter them into competitions, so sales transactions likely involve a greater sum of money.

“From fall to spring, the colours of nishikigoi become more vibrant, so we’ll be even busier with more foreign visitors coming to view them,” said Ryuki Narita, 42, CEO of Narita Koi Farms Japan, the biggest breeding farm and seller of koi (carp) in Japan.

Based in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, the company sells 300,000 nishikigoi each year, 70 percent to 80 percent of which are purchased from more than 30 areas outside Japan, including Hong Kong and Indonesia.

A Chinese proverb says, “the carp has leaped through the dragon’s gate,” and nishikigoi have always been considered auspicious creatures in China and Southeast Asia.

Many koi enthusiasts in Asia ask Japanese farms to raise their fish and enter them in competitions in Japan. 

Read more HERE.

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