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What is the symbolism of KOI fish ?

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What is the symbolism of koi fish?

In Japanese symbolism the koi represents perserverance in adversity and strength of purpose. The strongest koi swims upstream until it reaches the final waterfall, where it vaults into the mists and becomes a water dragon.

It depends on what you’re asking. Are you asking about the actual fish or the tattoo? It is said that the fish probably originates out of Persia (now Iran). Wild carp are called “koi” in Japanese. The term “koi” was later applied to all carp both wild and colored. The Japanese have a special word for wild carp called “Magoi.” Colored and inbred Magoi are called Koi. The Koi that have been bred for color are called “Nishikigoi”. Many Japanese use the word Koi to refer to wild carp. The term though has taken a secondary meaning in most of the world. Koi to most of the English speaking world means the colored carp which the Japanese refer to as “Nishikigoi” There are many different types of “Koi” Asagi, Bekko, Hakarimono, Hariwake, Karasugoi, Kohaku, Koromo, Matsuba, Sanke, Showa, Shusui, Tancho, Utsuri. They are some of the most beautiful fish.

The Koi fish tattoo symbolizes..

According to Japanese legend if a koi succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.

More generally, the Japanese associate koi (also known as carp) with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.

Others say it means good fortune or luck.

Koi is a popular aquarium and ornamental pond fish.

In China 7 golden Koi is good luck!

The symbolism goes: the larger the koi, the richer you are. Those fish are expensive.

According to tattoo websites, a koi represents good fortune, prosperity and riches. Also in Japanese culture, it symbolises male strength.

It also says you are determined and don’t conform to what society expects – like a koi swimming upstream against the current.

Koi are used to symbolize yin and yang in ponds. But all of the above answers are correct as well. Normally there is a balance of 1 black koi with 9 gold koi. People also use goldfish for this symbolization though. So it can just depend on who you ask. More info at: solarserdar@gmail.com.
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Let’s Study Japanese – 日本語を勉強しましょう

Let’s Study Japanese – 日本語を勉強しましょう

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Japanese Koi Names:

Kanji
(漢字)
Hiragana/Katakana
(ひらがな/カタカナ)
Romaji Pronunciation Meaning
(意味)
こい koi sounds like coy Koi fish
錦鯉 にしきごい nishikigoi knee-she-key-goi Formal name for Koi
大正三色 たいしょうさんしょく tai shou san sho ku tai-show-san-show-ku Formal name for sanke, three color koi
昭和三色 しょうわさんしょく shouwa san sho ku show-wa-san-show-ku Formal name for showa, three color koi
紅白 こうはく kouhaku ko-ha-ku Red and White Koi
白写り しろうつり shiroutsuri she-ro-u-tsu-ri Black and white Koi
緋写り ひうつり hiutsuri he-u-tsu-ri Red and black Koi
黄写り きうつり kiutsuri key-u-tsu-ri Yellow and black Koi
浅黄 あさぎ asagi a-sa-gee Blue koi with red belly and net pattern
黄金 おうごん ougon o-gon All yellow metallic koi usually know as Yamabuki Ogon
秋翠 しゅうすい shuusui shu-u-sui Scaless (Doitsu) version of an Asagi
ごろも goromo go-ro-mo Red and white koi with black edging over red scales
五色 ごしき goshiki go-she-key Red and white koi with black edging over scales
九紋竜 きゅうもんりゅう kyuumonryuu kyu-mon-ryu Doitsu black and white koi
ドイツ Doitsu Doi-tsu German – scaleless koi sometimes with large scales on the back and lateral line

Colors and Numbers:

Kanji
(漢字)
Hiragana/Katakana
(ひらがな/カタカナ)
Romaji Pronunciation Meaning
(意味)
赤い あかい akai a-kai Red
白い しろい shiroi she-ro-i White
黄色い きいろい kiiroi key-i-roi Yellow
青い あおい aoi a-o-i Blue
すみ sumi su-me Used to describe the black on koi.
黒い くろい kuroi ku-roy Black
いち ichi i-chi one
ni knee two
さん san san three
よん / し yon / shi yon / she four
go go five

Adjectives:

Kanji
(漢字)
Hiragana/Katakana
(ひらがな/カタカナ)
Romaji Pronunciation Meaning
(意味)
だん dan da-n Step as in “ni dan kohaku” (two step kohaku)
当才 とうさい tousai toe-sa-eye Koi hatched this year.
二才 にさい nisai knee-sa-eye 2 year old
三才 さんさい sansai san-sa-eye 3 year old
小さい ちいさい chiisai ch-ee-sa-eye small
大きい おおきい ookii o-key big
オス osu o-su male koi
メス mesu may-su female koi

 

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Koi Varieties at CCRES AQUAPONICS

Here you will find a list of many of the types of Koi we breed and show regularly.

ASAGI
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A blue/grey koi with red on the belly, sides and fins.

Back scales have rearticulating black on the edges.

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CHAGOI
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“Tea” Solid koi with color ranging from green,

light brown to deep dark brown.

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YAMABUKI OGON
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A metallic yellow Koi.

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TANCHO SHOWA

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A black based koi with a red spot on the head and black ban markings on body.

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TANCHO SANKE
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VezaTANCHO KOHAKU
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SHUSUI
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A scales koi, blue grey with dark blue scales on the dorsal and lateral scale. Red on belly and sides.

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SHOWA
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A black based koi with a red and white pattern.

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SHIRO UTSURI
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A black bodied koi with a white pattern.

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GOROMO / KOROMO
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A red koi of which the red scales have rearticulating

black on the edges.

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GOSHIKI
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A five colored koi, red, white, black, blue and purple.

With rearticulating black on the edges of the scales.

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SHIRO BEKKO
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A white koi with black markings.

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SARAGOI
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Solid Grey koi.

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SANKE
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A white koi with red pattern and black markings.

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HARIWAKE
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A metallic white based koi with yellow/gold pattern.

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KUJAKU
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A metallic white based koi with red/gold pattern and rearticulating black on the edges the scales.

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PLATINUM OGON
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A white metallic koi

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ORENJI OGON
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A metallic orange koi.

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OCHIBA SHIGURE
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Blue grey Body with yellow/orange or brown markings.

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KUMONRYU

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A scaleless koi, black based with a white pattern.

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Doitsu HariwakeDoitsu Hariwake
Doitsu OchibaDoitsu Ochiba
Doitsu GromoDoitsu Gromo
Doitsu KujakuDoitsu Kujaku

A doitsu koi can be totally scales or have a row of scales down the dorsal and along the lateral line
Many varieties such as Showa are simply know as “Doitsu Showa”
Other varieties are given an individual name such as Shusui and Kumonryu.

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GIN RIN

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Gin Rin KohakuGin Rin Kohaku
Gin Rin ShowaGin Rin Showa

Pearl Silver reflective scales.Gin Rin or Kin Rin scaling can appear on most scaled varieties of koi.

Typically name (example Gin Rin Kohaku)

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HI UTSURI
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A black based koi with a red pattern.

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GIN MATSUBA
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A golden or yellow metallic koi with rearticulating

black on the edges of the scales.

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KOHAKU
A white based koi with a red pattern.

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