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Koi Varieties

 
Kohaku:
Kohaku is part of the Gosanke class and has a red pattern on a white back ground. It has been said that Koi keeping begins and ends with the Kohaku. Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku and Showa Sanshoku are the most popular varieties and are sometimes referred to as the “Big 3”.
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Taisho Sanshoku:
Taisho Sanshoku is a Koi with relatively spotted Sumi (black) on Kohaku pattern. Because the variety was created in the era of Taisho in Japan, it is called "Taisho Sanshoku." In short, it is also called "Taisho Sanke" or "Sanke."
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Showa Sanshoku:
Showa Sanshoku is a Koi with calligraphic Sumi pattern on Kohaku. It is called Showa because the variety was created in the era of Showa in Japan. In short, it is called "Showa Sanshoku" or "Showa".
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Utsuri mono:
Utsuri mono indicates varieties with calligraphic pattern on one solid ground such as Shiro Utsuri Hi Utsuri, and Ki Utsuri.
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Bekko:
Shiro Bekko is Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke) with no Hi (red) pattern. Aka Bekko body is covered with Hi and Ki Bekko body is yellow. Good specimens are far and few between.

Bekko Koi variety

Bekko Koi variety Bekko Koi variety
 
Asagi:
Asagi is one of the oldest varieties of Nishikigoi. Its back color  can be pale blue, indigo or navy blue with a net like appearance to the scales.  Red or a deep orange is the color for the fins and below the lateral line. Although not always favorable Hi Asagi (red has risen onto the back) can have a striking appearance.
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Shusui:
Shusui are the doitsu version of Asagi. They have dark blue scales running from the shoulder to the tail section. Just like its ancestor the Shusui may have different variables, like Hana or Hi Shusui.

Shusui Koi variety

Shusui Koi variety

Shusui Koi variety
 
Koromo:
The Koromo category consists of Ai Goromo and Budo Goromo. Koromo translates to "clothed" or "robed". On a white base the Ai Goromo has blue scale reticulation within the red scales. On the Budo Goromo the two colors red and blue have blended to give a purple color and can look like patches of grapes. There is also Sumi Goromo.

Koromo and Goromo Koi variety

Koromo and Goromo Koi variety

 
Goshiki:
Goshiki come in a dark (old style) or light (new style) grayish background and a Kohaku Style Beni (red) pattern. This gives a three dimensional look. Asagi scale influence may be set within the Beni. Goshiki means "five colors" with the white, red and black of Sanke then of the navy and blue of Asagi.

Goshiki Koi variety

Goshiki Koi variety

 
Hikari Utsuri:
Hikari Utsuri
Kin Showa, Gin Shiro Utsuri and Kin Ki Utsuri are in this category. They are metallic versions of Showa Sanshoku, Shiro Utsuri and Ki Utsuri.
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Hikari Muji:
Hikari Muji consists of Nishikigoi with a solid color (no pattern) metallic sheen. Yamabuki and Platinum Ogon seem to be the most popular. Kin and Gin Matsuba are also in this category.
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Hikari Moyo:
In this category are metallic koi that do not fit into Hikari Utsuri or Hikari Muji such as Kujaku (“Peacock”) Kikusui and Yamato Nishiki (metallic Sanke).
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Kumonryu / Kikokuryu:
Kumonryu is a doitsu koi with unstable Sumi (black) that will disappear and reappear with changes in water temperature this is the same for the Beni Kumonryu. Kikokuryu and Kin or Beni Kikokuryu are the metallic versions of the Kumonryu.
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Kawarigoi:
This category has many recognized varieties that do not fit into the other categories. Chagoi, Benigoi, Kigoi and Ochiba seem to be popular Kawarigoi.
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Tancho:
Tancho Kohaku, Sanke and Showa have only a red dot or “crest” on their heads. The Tancho Kohaku is adored by the Japanese citizens as it is reminiscent of the Japanese flag that has a white background with a red sun.
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