50th Anniversary All Japan Nishikigoi Show

Overview of Event

The “All-Japan Nishikigoi Show”, held annually at the end of January and beginning of February, will take place again this year at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center in Ota Ward, Tokyo. This show gathers the best Nishikigoi (colored carp) from all over Japan. This important competition is a festival of Japan’s national fish, what we might call the “World Cup” of Nishikigoi. The development of Nishikigoi in Japan started in the Edo period, as part of Japan’s traditional art and culture. There are also many very active overseas enthusiasts, and Nishikigoi are exported from Japan in large numbers.

Naturally, along with Japan’s cultural heritage as typified by Mt. Fuji and Japanese cuisine, we would like to convey this new, world-class Japanese culture to other countries, as part of the Cool Japan initiative. Popular enough to have warranted a special exhibition at the Shanghai World Expo, Nishikigoi boast many devotees, not only in Japan, but around the world. They are said to have originated in Niigata prefecture in Japan.

This year marks the show’s 50th anniversary, and this year the event will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, one day longer than usual. This will allow the general public to enjoy various displays such as “Nishikigoi in Landscapes”, “The History of Nishikigoi”, “Tasting Sake from Niigata, the Home of Nishikigoi” and others. In addition, on Friday the judging process, not usually seen by the public, will be shown on large monitors. Until now, perhaps because some Nishikigoi command very high prices, people tended to view them as a hobby for the wealthy, and they weren’t familiar to the general public. But the beauty of their colors is certainly worth seeing at least once, and our hope is that the general public as well as devotees will come view them.

With the aim of familiarizing people with Nishikigoi, the Association will open the venue to the general public on February 1, 2 and 3. Mini Nishikigoi that can be kept in an aquarium will be available, along with many free gifts (Nishikigoi supplies) for our visitors, so we encourage everyone to come along.

50th Anniversary All Japan Nishikigoi Show

Venue: Tokyo Ryutsu Center (First Exhibition Hall, Second Exhibition Hall)
Heiwajima 6-1-1, Ota-ku, Tokyo

Dates/Times: February 1 (Fri), 2 (Sat); 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (open to general public)
* Feb 1 (Friday): Second Exhibition Hall only
February 3 (Sun); 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (open to general public)

Organizer: All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association
Sponsors: Zen Nippon Airinkai, Niigata Nishikigoi Council, Japan Ornamental Fish Association, All Japan Koi Society
Supported by: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo Metropolis, Niigata Prefecture
Inquiries: All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association (

Offices: Hiu 174-1, Ojiya, Niigata
Tel / 0258-83-3345 Fax / 0258-83-5757


50th Anniversary All Japan Nishikigoi Show