In Japanese Culture The Koi Fish Or Carp Is Thought To Be One Of The Most Vital Fishes. This Is Because It Is Always Going From One Place To The Next And Dosent Stop Swimming, Often Moving The Water.
The Koi fish is pure perseverance – Koi swimming upstream can be interpreted as showing perseverance because of the fact that the Koi does not “go with the flow”. This can show a person how to be strong in the face of adversity and develop strength of character or purpose. The Carp can also represents wisdom, knowledge, longevity, and loyalty.
Strength in time of adversity – Koi fish also symbolizes persistence and the willingness to go on even though it is being swept away. It also symbolizes surpassing obstacles. The Koi fish swimming upriver can show how to overcome various obstacles and how come win victory over outside influences.
The Japanese Koi fish – Koi fish, or “colorful carp”), are ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp. Koi in Japanese tattooing plays an important role in both Chinese and Japanese myths, legends, and stories. In many of the Japanese and Chinese stories, Koi are transformed through their efforts and perseverance, able to climb waterfalls or become dragons. The Koi as a symbol that represents perseverance in the face of adversity and strength of character or purpose. The Carp can also represents wisdom, knowledge, longevity, and loyalty.
In the short story Koi-san by Mukoda Kuniko. it is said that the koi means love and friendship.
varieties of koi fish include:Traditional Japanese Tattoos
Kohaku – a red pattern and white-skinned Koi
Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke) – a red and black pattern white-skin Koi
Showa Sanshoku (Showa) – a black-skinned Koi with a red and white pattern
Tancho – Any koi with the only red being in a circle on its forehead. The fish can be a
Asagi – a Koi with red scales on its bottom and light blue scales on its top
Shusui – Asagi the partially scaled version
Bekko – a white, red, or yellow-skinned Koi with a black pattern
Utsurimono – a black Koi with a red, white, or yellow pattern
Goshiki – red, white, brown, and blue accents with mostly black Koi
Ogon – Koi known colors – red, orange, platinum, yellow and cream that is one solid color, can be regular or metallic.
Kin Gin Rin – Koi .There are also Gin Rin versions of almost any other type of koi. The name translates into English as “Gold Silver Scales” with shiny scales
Kawarimono – some other Miscellaneous types of Koi
Doitsu-goi – German Carp
Koromo – Koi with areas of blue-edged scales aligned neatly
By: Markus Katsuo
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