What is motoaka?

Red on the base of the pectoral fins is called Motoaka. Asagi, Shusui and Aka Hajiro have Motoaka.

What is motoguro?

Motoguro means the base of the pectoral fins is black. Motoguro occurs in varieties like Showa Sanshoku, Shiro Utsuri, Hajiro and Kumontyu.

Is Motoguro desirable in Kin Showa?

In every Showa Sanshoku variety, Motoguro is a condition of the beauty. If there is no Motoguro, then both pectoral fins need to be white or need to shine beautifully in platinum.

Is the redder color in Kujyaku better?

In they Kujyaku variety, there is a red bloodline and a Yamabuki bloodline. The redder color is preferred for the red bloodline, but all Kujyaku do not necessarily have to be red. Both bloodlines are judged equally at shows.

Where do Goshiki come from?

Crossing Kohaku with Asagi created Goshiki. There have been many crossings and improvements, and there are not necessarily five colors right now.

What is Gosanke?

In the Koi world, there is a social status. Gosanke is the word that that expresses this status. Gosanke refers to the three varieties that represent Nishikigoi. They are the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku and Showa Sanshoku. These are known as the Big 3 and have the highest...

How can we know the level of perfection in looking at koi?

The level of perfection of a variety means the perfection of the characteristics that the variety has. For example, the prime characteristic of Tancho Kohaku is the true round Hi spot on the head. Platinum has to shine strongly in platinum. In Aigoromo, the beautiful...

How does the skin of Shusui change as it grows up?

The skin of Shusui is a strong blue when it is young. It gets weaker as it grows. In principle, the thicker the blue, the better. The blue will get weaker as it grows. A mature koi with high quality blue ground is more desirable. While most blue is getting weaker, the...

Does the Hi pattern change on Shusui?

The Hi of Shusui does not change like the sumi of Kumonryu. Although the hi will change a bit from the time is was a Tosai, it will become stable when it is more than 2 years old.