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Koi Appreciation: The First Step Hardcover – October 1, 2001
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Koi have been prized for decades for their beauty and exotic appeal, but never before have so many people kept these magnificent fish, whether as ornamental pets or to breed and show. Koi Appreciation: The First Step is a book for all koi lovers. Written by a leading koi judge, it explains how to look at the fish for quality and appreciate the intricate blending of color and form that gives every koi its individuality and charm. This handsomely illustrated volume includes: basic information about the classification of the thirteen varieties of koi; lists of koi within each variety; an explanation of Japanese terms used to identify a variety’s features; an overview of general appreciation points; and 250 color photographs.
About the Author
Kate and Andrew McGill started keeping koi in 1977. In 1990, after BKKS Judges Training programme, Kate became the second woman in the UK to have achieved full show-judge status. She was elected Chairman in 2000. Kate has also given many talks on koi appreciation and from this lead to her husband Andrew's keen interest in koi photography. His slide collection includes some 2,000 images. Resident - Bishop Auckland, Durham
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Then each following chapter covers the specific quality requirements relating to each specific variety of Koi. Varieties discussed are Kohaku, Taisho Sanke, Showa Sanshoku, Utsurimono, Bekko, Tancho, Asagi/Shusui, Koromo, Kin-Gin-Rin, Kawarigoi, Hikarimuji, Hikarimoyo and Hikari Utsuri.
The colored Photographs are top draw. I really appreciated the photos depicting the negative qualities seen in Koi. A great learning tool.
The final chapter; Beyond The First Step, covers why one Koi impacts us so. Dominating, impressing and compelling us to place it on a pedestal- to be inspired by a living art form.
A great book in learning how to appreciate the qualities of Koi through the eyes of a judge.