Hikarimono

Hikarimono Koi Variety

"THE PROMINENCE OF THE METALLIC KOI"

We hear of Ogon, Hikarimono & Hikari Mujimono, although they virtually all mean the same thing. Hikarimono is the most general term and means "shiny ones". Within the variety there are several groupings that are used to further characterise the fish against their "non-metallic" counterparts.

Hikarimono Groupings & Characteristics:

The Hikari-Mujimono grouping encompasses any "single-coloured" Koi with that unmistakable metallic-sheen. Examples of Hikari-Mujimono include:

  • Yamabuki Ogon: A gold metallic koi.
  • Platinum Ogon: A silvery-white, metallic koi.
  • Hi Ogon: A red metallic koi.
  • Orenji Ogon: An orange metallic koi.
  • Mukashi Ogon: A dark-gold metallic colored koi.
  • Nezu Ogon: A silvery-gray metallic koi.
  • Kin Matsuba Ogon: A gold metallic koi with a pinecone-like pattern.
  • Gin Matsuba Ogon: A silvery-white metallic koi with a pinecone-like pattern.
  • Hi Matsuba Ogon: A red metallic koi with a pinecone-like pattern.
  • Orenji Matsuba Ogon: An orange metallic koi with a pinecone-like pattern.
  • Doitsu Yamabuki Ogon: A gold-metallic koi with the Doitsu scalation.
  • Doitsu Platinum Ogon: A silvery koi with Doitsu scalation.
  • Doitsu Hi Ogon: A red-metallic koi with Doitsu scalation.
  • Doitsu Orenji Ogon: An orange-metallic koi with Doitsu scalation.
  • Doitsu Kin Matsuba Ogon: A gold-metallic koi, Doitsu scalation & Matsuba-type scales.
  • Doitsu Gin Matsuba Ogon: A silvery koi, Doitsu scalation & Matsuba-type scales.
  • Mizuho Ogon: An orange-metallic koi, Doitsu scalation & Matsuba-type scales.

The Hikari Utsurimono were bred by crossing Utsurimono with Ogon. They are basically metallic versions of the Showa & Utsurimono. Examples of Hikari-Utsurimono include:

  • Kin/Gin Showa: A golden/silvery metallic Showa.
  • Gin Shiro Utsuri: A metallic white (Shiro) Utsuri.
  • Kin Ki Utsuri: A metallic yellow (Ki) Utsuri.
  • Kin Hi Utsuri: A metallic red (Hi) Utsuri.

This grouping is the "catch-all" for any metallic Koi (with two or more colors) that doesn't share any characteristics of the Hikari-Mujimono and Hikari-Utsurimono groupings respectively. It's an ever-growing grouping with unique and complex patterns.