The Ranchu rivals the Bristol Shubunkin (and the increasingly popular Ryukin) as the most popular variety. Developed in Japan, but now bred to a very high standard in the UK and other countries, the Ranchu is a dorsal-less variety with a carefully defined hood, strong back, caudal peduncle and tail. Viewed almost exclusively from above and kept in ponds or tubs, the Ranchu has specialist societies for its followers and attracts a great deal of attention, with the best specimens commanding high prices. The variety leans heavily on its Japanese origins and the goal is seen differently from many varieties – with the emphasis on achieving the overall balance of the Ranchu. That emphasis applies to all varieties but is more overtly expressed in the appreciation of the Ranchu.