Kawarimono

Kawarimono Koi Variety

"The evolution of non-metallic varieties"

Kawarimono is best described as the "catch-all" variety for new koi breeds that don't fit in any other more established varieties. As new varieties continue to evolve, they get added to this grouping. Once they gain greater acceptance and prominence, they will eventually be elevated out this grouping to their own classification, which has been the case with the latest elevation, the Goshiki variety grouping.

The current evolving varieties include:

These koi groupings are best described as having more intense black colouration than the Magoi, with variations of white markings.

  • Matsukawabake: "Utsuri-style" white & black markings with a "seasonal" pattern change.
  • Kumonryu: Also known as the ‘Dragon Fish’, this is the Doitsu version of the Karasu lineages with a "seasonal" pattern change.
  • Suminagashi: The black (Sumi) will have "Asagi-style" scalation.
  • Karasugoi: The whole body is black.
  • Hageshiro: A black body with a white head & white tips to the fins.
  • Hajiro: A black body with white tips to the fins.
  • Yotsujiro: A black body with a white head & white fins.

Single coloured and non-metallic Kawarimono koi groupings.

  • Ki Matsuba Doitsu: Shusui hybrid with large, dark neatly aligned scales on a ground of yellow.
  • Aka Matsuba: Black-edged scalation on a ground of red.
  • Ki Matsuba: Black-edge scalation on a ground of yellow.
  • Shiro Matsuba: Black-edge scalation on a ground of white.

A Doitsu result from cross-breeding Shusui with Sanke, Showa or Goshiki. In all three cases the black (Sumi) markings need exceptional depth & intensity as well as clearly defined edges.