Texas, United States
Posted Jan 29, 2010
Kohaku are white koi with red. Kohaku are the oldest variety of koi. Therefore, the variety from which all other varieties are derived. For this reason, the best koi are usually kohaku. They say the hobby starts and ends with kohaku. You will be drawn to other varieties for different reasons, but will come back to appreciating the simplicity and elegance of a kohaku. The first thing to consider when evaluating a kohaku or any other variety for that matter, is conformation or body shape. A torpedo shaped koi with a gradually tapering body toward the tail fin is ideal. Females have the best body shape. There are many variations and names for the different red patterns on a kohaku. The higher the grade of kohaku, the whiter the white and the deeper the red. The best breeder of kohaku is Sakai of Hiroshima in Japan.