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Reappearing scale after loss or injury.
Sakame asagi
Reverse asagi, white cores in the scales and indigo netting.
Cherry blossom pattern.
San bu
Size 3
3 step.
Sandan Hi
A 3 stepped hi pattern
Sankaku Hi
Triangular hi plate.
3 colored koi (black, red, white), white based. No motoguro, but has tejima, sumi does not wrap, no sumi in mouth or on head.
Over 2 years old, and up to 3 yrs old.
A three colored koi -- the modern term used for Taisho and Showa koi.
Some red on the dorsal surface. Sarasa was also a name used for early red and white colored carp prior to what we would recognize as a kohaku. The red pattern was mostly on the head and tail area with the middle of the carp being white. Attached a photo o
Secondly sumi.
Short for sashikomi. Term that refers to blurry line between the front of the hi plate or sumi and the shiroji. Nimai sashi 2 scales, sanmai shashi 3 scales.
Sashi Giwa
Kiwa of the sashi