Showa are one of the Gosanke or "Big 3" koi fish along with Taisho Sanke and Kohaku koi. Showa are beautiful koi, with colors of white, red, and black painted across their bodies the same way that a Japanese brush drawing suggests artistic interpretation without every stroke being complete. The beauty of these fish stir our emotions with it's exquisite combination of colors.


How to Judge Showa

Before 1975, Showa were represented by the lineage of Kobayashi Showa. On the whole, these Showa had a lot of Sumi (black) and very little Shiroji (white). The Sumi and Hi (red) regularly overlapped each other. Because of the large amount of Sumi, the impression was of tremendous power. Some breeders were not satisfied with Kobayashi Showa, because they felt that the same Sumi that gave a feeling of power also lacked in beauty. This is why they developed the "new" or Kindai Showa. Kindai Showa are characterized by the separation of Hi and Sumi. They should harmonize to create a bright impression.

In Showa, the Sumi design of the tail section is important. At the tail section, Sumi or Hi must end on pure white background, and the line between the color and the Shiroji is called the Odome. The lack of real Shiroji after the Odome can be considerd a major fault. Sumi on the pectoral fins is a major attribute of Showa. Beautiful pectoral fins are extremely rare.

Because the face is the most appealing part of its beauty, it is important that the white, Sumi and Hi harmonize to create a beautiful design without interrupting each other.

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