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February 2007!!

Isn’t this hobby just way to much! Here is a chance to get away from the winter blues and spend some time with some more koi kichi people. Additionally, you could win a free trip to Japan.   Toshio Sakai and his daughter, Miwa and interpreter, Agnes Kan are very dear friends. Sharon Olson and Phyllis Anderson have already signed up for this once in a million opportunity to attend a Japanese Koi Breeder masters class taught  right here on the west coast. Toshio is one of the foremost top breeders in Japan, who loves to share and teach his enormous wealth of knowledge about Nishikigoi. Give it some consideration, but don't wait to long to sign up, space is limited and the cutoff date for the discount price of the seminar is Jan 31st.

2007 Matsunosuke Event - Toshio Sakai In Seminar

Dear all,

I am very pleased to announce the 2007 USA Matsunosuke Event - Toshio Sakai in Seminar here in Northern California. Here is the 2007 Matsunosuke event's general information. The schedule of event and registration package will be posted here soon.

Thank you and hope to see you all at the 2007 ZNA NorCal - Matsunosuke Event.

Best regards,
--Dinh Nguyen
ZNA NorCal


Zen Nippon Airinkai NorCal


 Toshio Sakai In Seminar

February 24th & 25th, 2007


General Information


Mr. Toshio Sakai of the Isawa Nishikigoi Center, one of the most notable and highly regarded Nishikigoi breeders in Japan, is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area in February 2007 to present a 2 day seminar on learning how to judge Koi, understand how to select Finished Koi and Future Koi, and Matsunosuke Blood Line. The first day of the seminar will feature a set of 4 separate lectures by Mr. Sakai followed by a banquet, and the second day of the seminar will feature a judging competition for the participants. The Grand Prize for the winner of the competition is a trip to Ojiya Japan in the fall of 2007 to participate in the Matsunosuke Ikeage (mud pond pull) and auction.

The Zen Nippon Airinkai NorCal club will hold this educational event at the Sheraton Hotel in Pleasanton, California. They are able to present the event through the generosity of Peters & Sons Koi & Pond Supply, the event Sponsor and Grand Prize provider. All proceeds from this event benefit the ZNA NorCal, a non-profit organization.

In 1974 Toshio Sakai and his brother, Toshiyuki Sakai of the Yamamatsu Koi Farm, bred the first Matsunosuke Sanke. From that point, the history of the Matsunosuke Blood Line began. After many years of development, Matsunosuke Koi became the All Japan Show Grand Champions in 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2002. Toshio Sakai went on to develop a Matsunosuke blood line for Showa that has become highly respected and shows great quality because of the stability of the Sumi (black color). His knowledge and expertise in the selection of Nishikigoi will be shared with the participants of the ZNA NorCal event.

Information and Applications can be obtained online at and or by contacting:

Joelan Dunkel
1205 Brookdale Drive
Brentwood, CA 94513
Phone: 925.516.9404

Kari Peters
3850 Alhambra Avenue
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: 925.313.9351

Space for this event is limited, so reserve your space early to ensure your participation.

Here are some photos of the event from Chuck & Phyllis

Agnes & Sakai San at the seminar
The judging chart
NIKK members break for lunch
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