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General Description

'Koromo', which translates to 'robed',  is the term applied to a koi that has a white base color, overlaid by red patterns with reticulation.   Reticulation refers to scales that form a net-like appearance. In the case of Koromo, these net-like patterns are created by the blue edges of the scales over the red markings.  Koromo is basically a cross between Kohaku and Asagi.

Appreciation Criteria


The shiro (white) base color of the body must be unblemished, thick, snowy, and even milky. The shiro must not exhibit any yellowish tint.

The hi (red) markings on the white body must be solid, deep, and evenly-colored throughout the entire body. The edges of these markings (also known as the 'kiwa') must be very defined, or as they say, 'sharp as a razor.' The hi color may vary from koi to koi, but it should be of uniform hue within an individual koi. 


The red markings on the body must be artistically balanced.  This means that they must not be confined to one side or one end of the koi only.  An equal distribution of shiro and hi is preferred, so in general a koi heavily marked with red or predominantly white in color is not desired.

The reticulation effect on the red markings comes from the dark blue color of the edge of each red scale.  If the scales are lined up in straight rows, they exhibit a perfect netting effect that looks very beautiful.  Koromo koi with perfect reticulation on the red markings are therefore desirable.

A clean and unblemished head is also a sought-after trait of a koromo.




Figure 1. Examples of Koromo

Photos' sources: www.koi.com; www.keirinponds.com


Please see separate article on The Ideal Koi Body.



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