So Sunday was the KKA Tenrankai (exhibition). There's one every Spring and Fall. It was a beautiful day though it did end up getting a little warm for the dogs. I took all of mine with me as it's a long trip out and I wasn't sure what time I'd get home. As it goes, it was a good thing I did. We ended up in a 50km traffic jam on the way home.
There's not really much to say about the day. I guess I've been to quite a few Tenrankai's now, and this one rolled on as they all do. There seemed to be a few less dogs/onlookers than usual, probably due to the fact that they had to postpone it a week because of the typhoon that rolled through on the 31st.
I was happy to be there though. Did manage to see a male that I really liked, and getting to hang out with friends is always a pleasure. At lunch I was invited to several BBQ's hosted by friends, one of whom whipped up a terrific stew filled with boar that I had given him a couple weeks ago.
Without further ado, here are some pictures.
Hana, a friend's female and dam to a pup (Kumi) that went overseas earlier this year. She was entered in the overall champion category, but unfortunately did not win.
2 young males, siblings out of a litter born at a friend's kennel
The male on the right in the last picture. I prefer him to his brother.
Mao, a friend's male, and sire to a pup that went overseas earlier this year.
A couple of big game hunting Kai owned by a friend.
Someone was falling asleep in the ring.
Eishin, a friend's male and former overall champion. He is also the sire of two pups that went to the States last week (Ayu/Tora).
Eishin in the ring.
Kokushin, a famous stud male. He's 11 years old.
This pup is the sister of Kibou, a pup that went to the States earlier this year.
A shot of her brindle.
Smile for the camera.
A very light colored Kai. Not the greatest coloration, but wanted to show an unusual dog.
I haven't seen a male that I really liked in a while. This guy took 3rd in the young male category. I think he was amazing.
The male in first place. Yawn... too easy he seems to be saying.
Mount Fuji was clearly visible.
A good friend showing his male, Boss. He took 4th in the adult male category.
Overall champion this year.