For the Japanese import I am importing top shelf bbr for myself. When I told my guy these fish were for me he said the breeder would need a few more days to select special fish for me. It is an honor to have a top tier Ranchu master selecting fish for me. I had a budget for these fish but it went out the widow... But doing all this work, risk and expense would have been less rewarding had I not acquired something special for myself. And no I'm not sharing the name of the breeder yet.
These are examples from youtube to show the various types.
"Azuma Nishiki" was Created by KATOU Kinzou in 1931 Yokohama. This type is called "Hon Azuma" (True Azuma. Original Azuma.) now. It had been popular Fish as Ranchu. Even a famous old Ranchu club has the name from it. but It lost popularity for some reasons. and then because the Head is not enough fat. Suzuki Fish Farm crossed it with "Hama Nishiki". that line is called "Suzuki Azuma". Suzuki Azuma is now the most popular and looks good. Those 2 lines has different Head Face & Cheak also the Color. "Hon Azuma" has more Pale Sky Blue on Body. Round head like Oranda. and It should have Red head, Front Spread side Tail bones and Snake Eye Dots on Tail.
Suzuki Azuma-Nishiki (Azuma-Nishiki x Hama-Nishiki 1979) The Head (Funtan = Cheak Bump, Tokin = Helmet), Body and Texture of Colors are different from Hon-Azuma.
Original Azuma-Nishiki. (Original Oranda x Calico Dragon Eye.1931)
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