Koi Varieties

Articles by AKJA Judges on various Koi Varieties.
Asagi (Ah sah gee) were one of the earliest types of fancy carp and the ancestor to the modern koi varieties that are popular today. Asagi means greenish-blue color in Japanese.
Koromo (pronounced Ko’ row mow) are one of the older koi varieties. The word Koromo means robed in Japanese. Koromo are usually classified as white based nonmetallic koi with a red dorsal pattern and having a matsuba (mesh) like scale border ornamentation on the red pattern with white skin. You can think of Koromo as a kohaku with an overlaying matsuba pattern on the red pattern.
Goshiki (pronounced Go’ skee) are one of the older koi varieties. The word Goshiki means five colors in Japanese. The five colors are black, gray, blue, white, and red.Goshiki are black based non-metallic koi with a red dorsal pattern and usually having a matsuba (mesh) like scale ornamentation on white, grey or black skin.
The red and white koi known as Kohaku has often been referred to as “The beginning and the nd of the road to Nishikigoi”. This refers to the attraction that the simple beauty of red on white has to the beginner, and to the many intricacies and challenges that this variety presents to the advanced hobbyist.
They say that the longer the name is, the more expensive the koi becomes. If that were the case, few could afford the variety known as Matsukawabaki, but fortunately this doesn’t hold true for this mysterious black and white koi with the ever-changing patterns.