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General Description

'Hikari Utsuri' is the term applied to the metallic version of the Showa and Utsuri.  The term 'hikari' translates to 'metallic.'  This koi class includes the Kin Showa (metallic Showa with a golden shine), the Gin Showa (metallic Showa with a silver shine), the Gin Shiro (metallic Shiro Utsuri), the Kin Ki Utsuri (metallic Ki Utsuri), and the Kin Hi Utsuri (metallic Hi Utsuri).

Appreciation Criteria


The color of a hikari utsuri koi must be unblemished, uniform, dense, and shiny. Luster of the skin is an important consideration for this koi type.


The pattern criteria for Showa and Utsuri are applicable to Hikari Utsuri.  In addition, luster of the skin and fins (especially the pectoral fins) is important.




Hikari Utsuri:  Kin Showa (left, center); Kin Ki Utsuri (right)

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Please see separate article on The Ideal Koi Body.



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