Japanese Koi Fishes

Describing koi fishes in Japanese terminology can add a beautiful cultural dimension to appreciating these colourful and cherished aquatic creatures. 

Here are some easy Japanese terms commonly used to describe koi.


  • The word “koi” itself is the Japanese term for these ornamental carp. It represents not just the fish but also the entire cultural significance and appreciation associated with them.
  • Kohaku refers to koi with a white body and red markings. It’s one of the most classic and beloved koi varieties.
Taisho Sanke
  • Taisho Sanke koi have a white body like Kohaku but feature black markings in addition to the red. These markings create a beautiful tri-colour pattern.
Showa Sanshoku
  • Showa Sanshoku koi, known for their black bodies with white and red markings, often have a dramatic and striking appearance.
  • Ogon refers to koi with a solid metallic colour, typically gold or silver. They have a shimmering and reflective quality that catches the eye.
  • Shusui koi have a blue or greyish body with vibrant red-orange markings. Their scales resemble autumn water patterns.
  • Asagi koi are characterized by their blue or greyish bodies with a net-like pattern of scales on their dorsal areas. They often have bright red bellies.
  • Utsurimono koi have a black base with white, red, or yellow markings. Varieties include Shiro Utsuri (white and black), Hi Utsuri (red and black), and Ki Utsuri (yellow and black).
  • Kuchibeni koi are known for their distinctive red “lipstick” or “lipstick mark” on their mouths, which adds a touch of elegance to their appearance.
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Japanese Koi Fish

Understanding Japanese terminology for describing koi fish not only adds depth to your appreciation but also reflects the cultural significance and artistry associated with these beautiful creatures. 

With KJASons® a reliable resource, you can confidently explore the world of koi keeping and create a stunning and tranquil aquatic environment for your prized koi.