|black as color of marking or pattern
|the essential quality of sumi
|good sumi with dark black color, thickness and luster
|lustrous, purplish-black sumi of good quality, to describe good sumi of Taisho Sanshoku
|brownish sumi of less quality, with no luster like soot
|KAGE ZUMI (or SHIZUMI ZUMI)
|shadowy or unclear sumi markings that sink under the skin
|sumi markings placed in the white part. Especially, a sumi spot in the white in position on the shoulder, fitting the pattern
|sumi markings over the Hi plate, looking darker than the others because of the Hi color underneath
|JAMI (or JARI)
|scattered or sprayed sumi dots
|shadowy or unclear sumi markings that sit still under the skin
|sumi stripes on the prctoral fins, appearing in Taisho Sanshoku and Bekko
|a sumi lump at the base of each pectoral fin, appearing in Showa Sanshoku and Utsurimono
|luster of the skin.
|Lustrous skin shows healthy and well-finishing condition.