(ee chee maht sue)
|Checker-board. A design that alternates
from the right side to the left side.
(ee' chee maht sue)
(ee keh ah gay)
|Harvest. Nishikigoi are raised in farms.
Ikeage is the event of harvesting Koi from the ponds.
(een a zoo' ma)
|Inazuma means "lightning".
Term used to describe the shape of a Hi plate. The pattern
runs zigzag like lightning over the body. An Inazuma
pattern is highly valued because it alternately reveals
|One of a kind. Every Nishikigoi is different
and beautiful. Especially beautiful Nishikigoi are called
Ippin. Ippin carries the meaning of a unique beauty or
attractiveness that only that Nishikigoi can have.l Another
term would be Meiri.
(ee pohn' hee)
|Unbroken Red. Continous Hi pattern with
no break from head to tail. The Hi pattern lacks any
Kirekomi or cut-in of the Shiroji from the belly. It
is a boring pattern. If the Koi has excellent quality,
an Ipponhi pattern may be worthy of our appreciation.
Inazuma is one form of Ipponhi.
(ee' row ah gay)
|Color enhancement. Because Nishikigoi
can not create the red pigments within their bodies,
it is necessary to feed foods with carotene to maintain
the red coloration in Koi that have Hi plates. You can
say "The Koi needs Iroage" and it would mean
that the Koi needs to in crease its color or that it
should be fed color-enhancing food.
(ee' row go ee)
|Old name for Nishikigoi.