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  As of June 17, 2017

Chairman: Masaaki NAKAJIMA (CJ, Hyogo Chapter)

Managing Director: Misaji YAMAZAKI (CJ, Shiga Chapter)

Vice-Chairmen: Manabu Kitagawa / Koji Nose

Executive Directors:

Tomio Motoda (Supervisor for the International Division)

Tomiya Hiraka

Mikihiro Yamada (International Division Chief)



Special announcement:  ZNA promotions 2013

   Judge promotions-

    Mike Frady- Promoted from trainee to Local Certified ZNA Judge
        Congratulations to Mike for appointment to local certified judge status! Mike worked hard, put up with a lot of training and showed real skill for quickly seeing elements in sometimes very demanding judging conditions. Well done Mike!

         Special congratulations to Richard Thomas for passing his exam and becoming our second standing assistant judge in America! Until the 1990s no one was allowed to hold this certification outside Japan. So this is quite an accomplishment! Dick is an example of a solid koi judge blessed with skill, knowledge and quite drive. A real asset to our program. Congrats Dick!



October 13-14, 2012 (Near San Antonio, Texas)

Is being held at Water Garden Gems, 3136 Bolton Rd., Marion, Texas (210/659-5841)

just east of San Antonio on IH 10, between exits 593 & 595. All events and parking are

free and open to the public. Hours are 9am to 5pm Saturday & 10am to 2pm Sunday.

The Koi & Goldfish shows and vendor/exhibition areas are covered. On Saturday the

Japanese American Society of San Antonio will be providing cultural performances,

entertainment, and demonstrations. There will be a broad range of educational seminars

with topics provided by experts in filtration, pond maintenance, and fish care. Vendors

from across the country will be selling koi, goldfish, and pond & water gardening

products, plants and non-pond items.

Show tanks for Koi & Goldfish entrants are limited and reservations/payment is required

before October 8, 2012. Our show competitions are limited to hobbyists only. You can

view the latest show information, fish transportation tips, and fish tank load limitations at


We will conduct a special open to the public Koi & Goldfish auction at 1:00pm on Sunday

along with club fundraising raffles of pond related products.

For more information or a

show or vendor packet contact Ray at:

rjordan8@swbell.net or phone 210-494-2034 or

go to club website:



   June 22- 24, 2012  is upon us!!   The FIRST annual Tri-State ZNA chapter is only days away!  
         If you love seeing world class koi in all the colors of the ranbow, don't miss this event! The place will be
                              the Freehold Recreation center
                              130 East Merrick Rd.
                              Freeport , NY 
                 the koi judge show will begin at 9:00 am Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mat McCann Drive-In Workshop



All current and past ZNA Southern Koi Association members are invited to attend a special workshop with Mat McCann, Farm Manager and Breeder for Quality Koi’s Nisei Koi Farm.


Who: For current and past members of ZNA Southern Koi Association and prospective members.

What: Mat McCann Workshop: Mat will talk about new Koi arrivals from Japan.

When: April 14, 2012 Time: Beginning at Noon (Lunch to be provided by our hosts)

Where: Home of Henry and Leslie Culpepper - Orlando

Directions will be provided to those who RSVP.

It is time to renew ZNA SKA Dues




On Saturday, April 14, 2012 we have a fun learning event planned. Mat McCann of Quality Koi/Nisei Koi Farm will be coming to Orlando to deliver koi acquired by some of our members on their recent trip to Japan. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to have a special educational session. Mat will teach about evaluating tosai for future development.


He will bring a small number of tosai as teaching examples. We will begin by having all attendees evaluate each tosai as to their beni, sumi, skin quality and other traits, both "on the day" and for future development. Participants will receive a form on which to mark their rankings. After individual evaluations have been completed (in a limited time period), we will ask our members who are judges to reach a consensus ranking among themselves "on the day".


We will see how we did compared to the consensus view of the judges as if the tosai were entered in a show. Then, the program will be turned over to Mat to point out the positives and negatives of the koi, and to provide his ranking "for the future". Mat plans to bring some tosai deemed not worthy of another year in the mud ("not for the future" tosai), and some he deems worthy of being kept in the mud another year. We will have an opportunity to learn about pigment development, skin quality and other traits of young koi.


The tosai Mat brings with him will be available for sale, but there would be just a few. (Mat is already bringing down 3 pre-sold ones.) The high-end imports being delivered will also be on display.


This special meeting is for both current and past members of ZNA Southern Koi Association and prospective members seriously interested in joining. It will be held at the home of Henry Culpepper in Orlando, beginning at 12:00 Noon. Directions will be provided to those who rsvp.


To plan properly for the meeting, rsvp's are required by April 10. Please contact Mike McMahon at: Michael.mcmahon@akerman.com.




Tri-State ZNA Chapter annual show dates and details June 2012

To the Members & Friends of Tri-State ZNA Koi Club,

The Tri-State ZNA Koi Club is currently preparing for its 1st Annual Koi Show.

The event will be held June 22 – 24 of 2012, in the air-conditioned building of the Freeport Recreation Center. Located at
130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY, 11520 this prime location is 20 minutes from JFK and 40 minutes
from LaGuardia airports. Our chapter is eager to produce an impressive show of koi to represent the ZNA
mission as one of its newest members. Our hope to draw a large crowd of koi hobbyists can only become
reality with the help of many selfless volunteers. The Tri-State ZNA Koi Club is requesting your assistance
to become part of the driving force behind the show’s first success.
Tri-State ZNA Koi Club Koi & Trade Show

The Tri-State ZNA Koi Club is a social, special interest organization dedicated to the enjoyment of Koi through participation and education.
Our chapter website Tri-State ZNA Koi Club Koi & Trade Show will be the best source for Koi information for the expert, as well as for the novice Nishikigoi (Koi) hobbyist. One of the goals of our chapter is to provide members with the most current information on the following topics: Koi history, Koi classifications, and detailed technical information on Koi. We will focus on helping educate our members and the public on all aspects of Koi Keeping, to promote the study of Koi and to assist hobbyists in becoming part of the larger community of Koi enthusiasts throughout the country and the world


 SoCal ZNA annual show dates and details March 2012


Our 38th Annual ZNA SoCal Koi Show is set for March 16-18, 2012 on the lawns of the Gardena Civic Center. The following schedule has been tentatively set pending your approval: Friday, March 16th: ZNA Presidents' Meeting 9am-12noon ZNA Certified Judges Meeting 12noon-1pm Lunch 1-2pm ZNA Judging Seminar 2pm-4pm