|Obachi(oh bah' chee)
|Tail section. A specific term for Ozutsu.
It specifies the top section of the Ozutsu, not the sides
or the bottom. The tail section is a very important part
for Koi, and thus, there are many special terms.
(oh bee' zoo' mee)
|Belt Sumi. A shape of Sumi that is thin,
long and square like an Obi (belt). Several Sumi patches
usually connect to create the pattern. Used mainly to
describe the Sumi in Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke). The pattern
must cross the backbone and look like an Obi. It would
be perpendicular to Tate Zumi.
(oh' chee bah she goo reh')
|Gray markings on either a brown , yellow
or green koi.
|Odome(oh doe' meh)
||Line between the last color and Shiroji
in the tail section. Odome is the way the pattern appears
as it stops or finishes in the tail section. A good Odome
must create a clear line and leave white showing. The
pattern in the tail section must consist of both Hi and
Shiroji in Kohaku, and Hi, Shiroji and Sumi for both
Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke) and Showa. When the tail section
ends with adequate Shiroji before the fin (especially
in Gosanke), we say that the "Odome is good." When
the Shiroji is too wide or when only Hi or Sumi reach
the tail, we say that the "Odome is bad."
(oh doe' meh he')
|Red pattern on the tail section.
(oh doe' meh zoo' me)
|Sumi on the tail section.
||Means the variety of metallic-gold scaled
Koi (yamabuki ogon).
|Oh Zumi(oh' zoo' mee)
||Relatively large Sumi on the body. Also
called Doka Zumi.
|Ojiya City(oh gee' yah)
||The birthplace in Niigata of Nishikigoi.
|Okute(oh coo' the)
(oh ni' oo row koh)
|The large, dark-blue scales running down
the back of Shusui.
|Otomo(oh tow' mow)
||Companion. Often used to describe free
Nishikigoi that are included along with the purchase
of an excellent quality Nishikigoi.
(oh yah' bow neh)
|The tickest bone of the pectoral fin,
dorsal fin and tail fin. The bone of each fin that is
closest to the head. Ideally, it should be white. When
it has some color, we say that the "Oyabone is disgraced."
(oh' zoo keh hee)
|Hi at the very base of the tail fin.
|Ozutsu(oh zoi t-sue)
||Tail section. This term is used for the
part of the body located from the end of the dorsal fin
to the root of the tail. It is an important section because
it contains the Odome. In addition, Nishikigoi with thick
Ozutsu look powerful; while Koi with thin Ozutsu look
feeble. If a Koi has a thick Ozutsu while it is young,
it may have the potential to grow in to a Jumbo Koi.
Obachi specifies the top section of the Ozutsu, not the
sides or the bottom.