The Kujaku is a metallic or Ogon koi with the reticulated net-like pattern of the Asagi on its back. This is overlaid with either a gold, yellow, orange or red Kohaku-type pattern creating a striking effect.
The development of high quality Kujaku has led to their being judged in a category of their own at recent koi shows.
The following article was written by Joel Burkard/Pan Intercorp and previously published in PONDSCAPES magazine All rights reserved Joel Burkard/Pan Intercorp 1995
Created in the early 1960's by Mr. "Nishi" Hirasawa of Hiranishi Fish Farms, the Kujaku was originally included in the Hikarimoyo category. In recent years Kujaku (literally "Peacock") have received a lot of attention and with their increasing popularity, are often judged in a category of their own.
The Kujaku is a metallic or Ogon koi with the reticulated net-like pattern of the Matsuba on it's back. This is overlaid with either a gold, yellow, orange or red Kohaku-type pattern creating a striking effect.
Because it is a metallic koi, the sheen and luster of the skin are considered one of the most important points to look for.
Whether the head has color or not, it should be clear and not congested-looking. The fins should be vibrant and unblemished.
The clarity of the reticulation (fukurin) on the net pattern is also important but often remains undeveloped until the koi is two or three years old.
The overlay pattern whether of gold, yellow, orange or red, is commonly referred to as the Beni (literally "red").The beni on the Kujaku should be uniform in it's intensity, but should allow the net pattern to show through from underneath.
Since there are so many variables on a Kujaku, one has to be prepared to forgive a fault or two, or pay the price for an exquisite specimen. When selecting any koi, it is better to concentrate on the koi's strengths and attributes rather than to focus on it's short comings.