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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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