By far the rarest of the Bekko varieties, Ki Bekko display a solid yellow body with areas of black pattern overlaying the base color. Consistent with all Bekko koi, the black appears almost exclusively above the lateral line, with very little or no black appearing on the bottom half of the koi.
Ki Bekko are not deliberately bred, but may result from Shiro Bekko, Kigoi, or Sanke spawns.
What To Look For
The yellow base color of Ki Bekko should be of a consistent color across the entire body, with very few or no blemishes apparent on the body. Preferably, the head should be clear and flawless. A cloudy head on a young Ki Bekko may or may not clear up with age, there is no definitive way to tell.
The black should appear only on the body, with none on the head. Preferably, the black should be moderate and balanced along the body. Black that is confined only to one side or end of the body will detract from the beauty of the koi. The highest quality Ki Bekko have sharp edges between the yellow and black, although this can be very difficult to find in this rare variety.