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Heisei Nishiki is the name given to the doitsu (scaleless) version of Yamato Nishiki. In other words, Heisei Nishiki are the metallic version of Doitsu Taisho Sanke.
As with Yamato Nishiki, Heisei Nishiki result from a crossing of Sanke and Platinum Ogon brood stock.
What To Look For
Generally, the guidelines for Heisei Nishiki follow the same guidelines for Sanke and Yamato Nishiki. A clean, solid white base is preferred, with no flaws or blemishes marring the base color.
The black patterns should be spaced evenly about the body, and should not be confined to only one side or one end of the body. The black patterns should be solid and consistent, with no “windows” of orange or white showing through in the middle.
The orange pattern should be of the same tone and hue across the entire body, and should accent the black patterns. Additionally, the orange should stop around the eyes, and should not extend all the way down the head to cover the nose.
Although these are the guidelines for a high quality Heisei Nishiki, it can be quite difficult to find one that meets these high standards, as Heisei Nishiki are quite rare.