Koi Breed Variety
Koi Breed Variety Introduction
Features of typical varieties of our Nishikigoi, for your appreciation and purchase.
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A characteristic of KOHAKU.
“Red and White” is the most popular variety, with red patterns set against a white background creating an exquisite contrast. Very simple color combination of red and white gives some depth in appreciation. Attracted by the red and white color, Koi-maniacs used to say “Koi keeping begins and ends with the Kohaku.
A characteristic of TAISHO SANSHOKU.
Charcoal-black markings added on the basic Kohaku patterns of red and white. Once it was clossfied as “Sanke”, so it is still commonly called “Sanke”, but written as “Sanshoku”. Simply, the one with red and Charcoal-black patterns set against white background is called Taisho Sanshoku (red, white and black). Conspicuously gorgeous.
A characteristic of SHOWA SANSHOKU.
Showa Sanshoku, more Charcoal-black and less white, compared with Taisho Sanshoku. Features are very dynamic and luxurious. Goes through many changes in appearance from infant upto around 5-years old. After that lesser changes may follow. This change in appearance is the biggest trait of Showa Sanshoku.
A characteristic of TANCHO.
The Koi bestowed with a piece of round red “crest” on the center of it’s head is generally called Tancho. The best is regarded as the one with a red crest, shaped in round and sized as not touch the eyes. The red round-pattern reminds a national flag of Japan, and increases in popularity abroad.
A characteristic of SHIROUTSURI.
Utsurimono, (literally meaning “reflections”) and enjoys high popularity. Shiro Utsuri is a type of white patterns set against Charcoal-black background. Just at one glance, looks like red-illminated Showa Sanshoku. Charcoal-black on noze, head and trunk, and motokuro(preexistent black) is a trait of Utsurimono.
A characteristic of HIUTSURI
The one, yellow part of Ki Utsuri (yellow reflections) changes into reddish is called Hi Utsui (red reflections). However, the one with white fin tip or white underbelly does not categorized as Hi Utsuri but taken as Hi-Showa at the shows. Hi Utsuri with deep and clear red and Charcoal-black is rather small in production, so rare and wonderful.
A characteristic of ASAGI.
The body surface is covered with blue scales, rims of which are fainted, making it blurred as a whole. In short, the background looks like being covered in a net-like reticulated scale pattern of indigo navy blue or pale blue. The faint scale-rims are called “Fukurin”(marginal variegation). Not gaiety with touching, but the Fukurin becomes bigger as grows, making it more alluring and showy.
A characteristic of AKAMATSUBA.
A relative of Asagi. If we call it just Matsuba, it means brown-type. If reddish, it is called Aka Matsuba (aka means red), and if yellowish it is called Ki Matsuba (ki means yellow)
A characteristic of SHUSUI.
Shusui, created by intercrossing a Doitsugoi(German carp) with an Asagi. was one of the first Doitsu varieties of Nishikigoi. Looks extremely gorgeous especially if patterned with vivid red on no-scaled surface, almost reminiscent of clear autumn blue-sky.
A characteristic of KIKUSUI.
Kikusui is produced by intercrossing Platina (platinum) and Doitsu Kohaku (red and white). Patterns are found at upper side as found in Kohaku, while Orangehariwake-Kogane which bears patterns on lateral side. Both may be taken as the same.
A characteristic of AIGOROMO.
Called Aigoromo (indigo robed), which refers to Koromo with a blue reticulation within the red scales. Aigoromo was developed by intercrossing of Kohaku and original species once called Goshiki Asagi. Evenly arranged reticulation deep in color and deeper red is rated superior.
A characteristic of BUDOGOROMO.
The one bearing sepia-tone patterns is called Budoukoromo. (grape robed) has recently, become more popular.
A characteristic of KUMONRYU.
The Kumonryu, developed by intercrossing a Doitsukoi (German carp) and a Ugoi-line, has a jet black background, same as Ugoi. Peeled off in white here and there of its head and back, it looks like white patterns. The black patterns is variable and unstable, changing in every season.
A characteristic of BENIKUMONRYU.
The variety that bears red under Charcoal-black of Kumonryu is called Beni Kumonryu. Developed by intercrossing a Kumonryu and Doitsu Kohaku.
A characteristic of CHAGOI.
Chagoi (brown carp) is a sort of variant. Relatively easy to raise and fast growing. Easy to become attached to people, enjoy popularity overseas.
A characteristic of SORAGOI.
The same line of Chagoi. Called Soragoi (sky-blue carp) due to its shades of light-blue verging on gray.
A characteristic of YAMABUKI OGON.
Yamabuki Ogon, produced by intercrossing a Ogon and Kigoi (yellow carp) and bright yellow in color. Established as a variety and in water does not turn brownish even in a higher temperature. Color varieties ranging from whitish yellow to deeper yellow, the latter of which is more appreciated.
A characteristic of PLATINUM.
A variety, pure white as snow and thick enough. Having a luxurious look. Comparatively easy to raise.
A characteristic of DAIYA PLATINUM.
With silver scales on platinum body, it shines like a diamond.
A characteristic of GINRIN CHAGOI.
A variety of Chagoi (brown carp). Covered with silver scales.
A characteristic of GINRIN SORAGOI.
A variety of Soragoi (sky-blue carp). Covered with silver scales.
A characteristic of GINRIN KOHAKU.
A variety of red-white base. Covered with silver scales. In addition of silver scales coated on the original subtlety of red and white , it looks much more gorgeous and enjoys high popularity.
GINRIN SHOWA SANSHOKU
A characteristic of GINRIN SHOWA SANSHOKU.
A variety, of Showa’s base colors (red, white, black). Covered with silver scales. One to additionaly silver scales coating, it does look much more gaiety than Showa Sanshoku itself.
GINRIN TAISHO SANSHOKU
A characteristic of GINRIN TAISHO SANSHOKU.
Silver scales on Taisho Sanshoku (red, white, black) increase gorgeousness, as in Showa Sanshoku.
A characteristic of GINRIN SHIROUTSURI.
Ginrin Shiroutsuri is a type coated with silver scaleｓ on the Shiroutsuri white patterns set against Charcoal-black background.
A characteristic of KUJAKU OGON.
Shining five colors are called Pigeon Gold or Pigeon. More shining one, are excellent. Because of its increasing popularity, mating seems very active these days. Varied patterns of Pigeons can be seen.
A characteristic of GINMATSUBA.
Silver body overlapped with pine needle riticulation, produces beauty and austere elegance.
A characteristic of KINSHOWA.
Called Kin Showa, a variety created by intercrossing Ogon-kei (gold line) and Showa Sanshoku. Most of Kin Showa’s redness is not scarlet but orangey. Well patterned, and bestowed with proper amount of Charcoal-black, fine red in color and superior brilliancy, makes the Koi gorgeous and luxurious.
A characteristic of DOITSU KOHAKU.
Red and white Doitsu (German) variety called Doitsu Kohaku and regarded as one of varieties. At the Show of All Japan Nishikigoi Association, Doitsu (German origin) is treated , as a rule at the Doitsu Koi section.
DOITSU TAISHO SANSHOKU
A characteristic of DOITSU TAISHO SANSHOKU.
Doitsu variety of Taisho Sanshoku. Doitsu variety is clearly patterned, hence enjoyable colors are clear and vivid.
DOITSU SHOWA SANSHOKU
A characteristic of DOITSU SHOWA SANSHOKU.
Doitsu Showa is created by intercrossing Showa Sanshoku and Doitsu, its patterns are variable and tend to disappear. However, Charcoal-black and red patterns on its shiny skin sometimes shows such a superb brilliance that may not be found in the Wagoi (Japanese koi).
A characteristic of HEISEI NISHIKI.
Shining ones of Taisho Sanshoku are called Yamato Nishiki, while Doitsu variety of Yamato Nishiki is called Heisei Nishiki.