Asagi koi have the distinction of being considered the first brocaded carp. Many of the newer, more popular varieties of koi are the result of selective cross breeding with the Asagi bloodline. Opinions about the Asagi’s value are sharply divided.
Hi Utsuri, a member of the Utsurimono family, are koi with a black body and areas of red or orange pattern overlaying the black. While a dark, vibrant red is the preferred color for Hi Utsuri, any Utsuri koi with patttern ranging from orange to red and everywhere in between can be considered a Hi Utsuri.
Ki Utsuri, a member of the Utsurimono family, are koi with a black body and areas of yellow pattern overlaying the black. The gene responsible for Ki Utsuri is a recessive gene. This means that Ki Utsuri are a random “throw” from a Shiro Utsuri or Hi Utsuri spawn, and can never be produced in large quantities.
Shiro Utsuri, the most prevalent and popular variety of the Utsurimono family, are koi with a black base and areas of white pattern overlaying the black. Like all Utsurimono, the black of a Shiro Utsuri should extend below the lateral line and wrap all the way around the body.
Tancho are a random “throw” that occur when any two type of koi from the Gosanke family are bred together. Breeding two Tancho together will produce just as many instances of Tancho as breeding two Kohaku together, or a Kohaku and a Sanke together, or any other combination of Gosanke.