Imported Japanese koi - our specialty

asagi
bekko
goromo
goshiki
kohaku
kujaku
sanke
showa
tancho
utsuri

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.


Goromo (goh-ROH-moh) means robe. Goromo are Kohaku (white koi with a red pattern) that have a gray, black, blue, or purple color reticulation edging on the red pattern only.


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.


Kohaku (KOH-hah-koo) are white koi with a red (Hi) pattern.


Kujaku (koo-JAH-koo) are (metallic) platinum koi with orange or orangish-red markings and a gray or black matsuba pattern within the scales. Kujaku Ogon is another name for Kujaku.


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.


Showa (SHO-wah) are three color koi, much like a Sanke, but they are predominately black, with red or white markings. Showa Sanshoku is the formal term for Showa.


Tancho Kohaku (tahn-CHOH KOH-hah-koo) Totally white koi with a red marking on it's head, usually round or oval, hence the name tancho, which means "red spot on the head".


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.