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Koi Breed Index
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Kohaku
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Asagi
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Kujaku
Kinginrin
Tancho
Doitsu
Shusui
Kumonryu
Kawarigoi

Examples
Grand Champion Sanke 25th All Japan Show Taisho Sanke Taisho Sanke

Taisho Sanke

During the early 1900's, a new variety of koi was created by the addition of sumi (black) markings to the basic Kohaku patterns of red and white. This new variety was named Taisho Sanke and is also referred to as simply Sanke or Sanshoku. The positioning of the sumi accentuates the beauty of the overall pattern.

Whether the sumi pattern is bold and expressive or sparse and elegant, a deep lacquer-like black is most desirable.

The beauty of a Kohaku lies in the purity of it's white body and the depth and intensity of the red patterns. The edges of the red markings should be crisp and clear against an unblemished white background. This crisp edge is referred to as the "kiwa".


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