Asagi - Viewed from above, the Asagi has a dorsal area that extends from the tail to a point just forward of the gill openings and which is covered with a reticulated pattern of scales (net pattern) of scales which are bordered by a much lighter colour, light blue or white.
The amount of Red (Hi) should be seen in the pectoral fins,it should be solid. Hi may be seen at the base of the dorsal fin and on the abdomen following the lateral line. There are a number of variations on the Asagi basic pattern.
Kanoko Asagi This Asagi has a beautifully bald head to some degree, bright Hi on the cheeks and pectorals, with an unusual body pattern. Instead of Hi (red) on the belly, it forms a splendid set of dapple over the Asagi body. The blue is both light and dark with silver flecking among the dapples also to add to this koi's gorgeousness. Kanoko with little or no Hi on the body is a standard Kanoko, Hi (red on the body) is a Hi Kanoko.
Hajiro Kanoko Asagi This Asagi has a dark head to black, with hi (red) on the cheeks and fins. the body has a pine cone pattern overlaid with black or dark dapple on the top of the body
Goshiki- The five coloured koi, often overlooked till all five colours develop over time.
Goshiki means five colours. First produced in 1918 by crossing Asagi with Aka Aka bekko or Aka Sansoku. Today however the Goshiki come from an Asagi x Taisho Sanshoku cross. Therefore, Goshiki have the blue(both light and dark) of the Asagi and the three colours of the Taisho Sanshoku, giving them an overall purplish appearance. Deeply coloured Hi in a Sandan Pattern is preferred, as is a bright, clear Hi on the head.
Goshiki look beautiful when the water temperature is warm. Cool water temperatures deepen the koi's colours.