In Memorium - Hiroji Sakai

In Memorium - Hiroji Sakai
August 26, 2008

In the early hours of this morning of August 26 2008, the koi world lost it's most dynamic and pioneering koi breeder with the passing of Hiroji Sakai, President of Sakai Fish Farms of Hiroshima.

Together with his younger brother Yoshimichi and son Kentaro, Hiroji revolutionized koi breeding in Japan and brought koi breeding and rearing standards to an unprecedented level, resulting in Sakai bred koi taking Grand Champion 5 times out of the last 8 All Japan Koi Shows.

Hiroji Sakai brought the love of koi to thousands throughout Japan and around the world, and will be dearly missed by those of us who had the honor of knowing him as we did, a loving grandfather, father, husband, and an unparalleled koi breeder with a true love of Nishikigoi.

Hiroji Sakai's legacy lives on in the Nishikigoi bloodlines that he created and cherished, and in the thousands of lives that he touched with his smile.

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