|Year of Origin
||Unknown (ancient period)
|Country of Origin
|The Ryukin breed of goldfish came into existence through mutation of the
long-finned Wakin. It was brought to Satsuma (Kagoshima Prefecture) from
China between 1772 and 1788 through Ryukyu (Okinawa Prefecture). Since
this goldfish was introduced through the Ryukyu area, it is named Ryukin.
||The Ryukin have a long, thick and round body. Each fin extends and a characteristic
of the tail fin in particular is that it can become longer. The basic body
color is red-and-white or red. White Ryukins are subject to sort. The way
the Ryukin swims with its long tail flowing is elegant. The Ryukin is the
most well-known goldfish and is often called the most typical kind of goldfish.
||Easy. They can be found anywhere, and are as easily accessible as the Wakin.
However, it is rare to find the Great Ryukin. The Great Ryukin means they
have a short, pointed head, a round, thick body and their body is bright
in colour. The Great Ryukin is often very expensive.
||Easy. They are the strongest type of goldfish following the Wakin type.
However, when the Ryukin has curved lateral lines or its tail is on the
extreme upper side of its body, they tend to die through subversion.
|Details of the above photo
||The beautiful goldfish in the photo has characteristics of the Ryukin.
It's difficult to say it’s an excellent goldfish, but can be enjoyed for
its aesthetic value.
||The "Edogawa Ryukin" in Tokyo is the most famous variety of Ryukin.
Among all Ryukins, the Ryukin produced at Horiguchi Fish Farm are called
"Horiguchi Ryukin", and are considered to be a brand. Recently,
Kimura Fish Farm in Saitama Prefecture is also becoming famous for producing
Ryukin as great as the Horiguchi Ryukin.