Imported Japanese koi - our specialty
Asagi (AH-sah-gee) are gray to blue koi. The edges of the scales are lighter blue to white, giving a reticulated "net" look to the scales. Asagi may also have orangish-red coloring on it's stomach, sides, cheeks, or fins.
Bekko (beh-KOH) are koi that have a base color of white (shiro), orangish-red (aka), or yellow (ki) with "windows" of black (sumi) markings on the white base. The black color markings of Bekko and Sanke are a shiny blue and black India Ink color, different than the black on Showas and Utsuris. They are often mistaken for Utsuri, which are black koi with a white pattern.
Goshiki (GOH-shkee) is defined as a five color
koi with white, red, black, light blue, and dark blue. In fact, they usually have a light gray to dark
gray and even black reticulated "net" (see Asagi) base pattern with a red "Kohaku"
pattern on top of the gray base.
Taisho Sanshoku or Sanke (Tie-sho san-SHO-koo) or
(SAHN-kee) literally means three colored koi. Sanke is a white koi with red and black
markings on the white base. Taisho Sanshoku is the formal name for Sanke. Sanke are born white
and develop red and black markings (windows) on the white base.
Utsuri (OOT-sir-ee) are black koi with either a white, yellow, or orange pattern. Utsuri are born completely black and later develop their pattern color (window) of white, yellow, or orange. Utsuri are different from Bekko in that Bekko are white, yellow, or an orange base color with a black (sumi) pattern.