|Year of Origin
||Sometime between 1853 and 1889
|Country of Origin
||Kamekichi Ishikawa I
|It is confirmed that the Ranchu appeared in Kingyo Sodategusa, a book of
Japan’s oldest goldfish, but was written in different characters to those
used today. This book was written by Yoshiyuki Adachi and was published
in 1748. However, the Ranchu of that time is different to the current Ranchu,
the Marco, which does not develop a lump on its head (the Marco itself
was brought from China to Dejima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture by the Dutch
sometime between 1603 and 1868). The Ranchu of today, which develops a
lump on its head, was improved over time by Kameyoshi Ishikawa I who lived
in Tokyo, who laid the basics of the present-day Ranchu. After that, goldfish
lovers and fish farmers tried to further improve the Ranchu.
||The body shape of the Ranchu is round and short with no dorsal fin. It
has a thick, short caudal peduncle with tucked-in tail fins on a sharp
angle. The lump on its head develops well, and Ranchu that develop a well-balanced
lump are considered to be of high value. Principally, their body color
is either red or white, or red-and-white. All goldfish without a dorsal
fin like the Ranchu are usually viewed from the top.
||Normal. The Ranchu is typically a luxury goldfish but acquisition is not
difficult. However, Ranchu in excellent condition are sold at a higher
rate than others.
||Can be normal or difficult. When reared for enjoyment purposes only, there
are no particular challenges. However, if you wish your Ranchu to win at
evaluation conventions, there are various challenges, such as illnesses
and short life expectancy.
|Details of the above photo
||The Ranchu in the photo is graceful one year old goldfish reared at the
Ishikawa Fish Farm in Tokyo. This fish farm has been operating since Kamekichi
Ishikawa I started it. This goldfish has the potential to become an excellent