Also known as "Koi Carps", they are very popular fish and the absolute Japanese protagonists in the vast majority of ponds in the country. The name koi is an abbreviation of the Japanese word nishikigoi, nishiki, which means 'something of beautiful colors', and goi, which is the name applied in Japan to carp in general. The legend says that the fish that managed to swim upstream, to the waterfall and climb it, when they did so, as a reward for their effort, they transformed into dragons, that is why they say that Koi carp are so similar to dragons. By 1840 koi farming was a popular activity among Japanese high society, becoming a symbol of social status. National interest in Koi was sparked in 1914 when Emperor Hirohito introduced these fish to his pond in the Imperial Palace.
Normally the representation of a Koi carp is considered a sign of good fortune in business or studies, it is also associated with perseverance in the face of adversity and on the other hand it is also considered a symbol of patience and longevity. It is said that the ascent of the koi to the waterfall means: "Succeed in life".
After we meet at our bike location, we take off as a group to our first stop called "Yoshikien", a garden gathering 3 styles Japanese gardens in a unique location; a way to enjoy and rediscover the place at every season. Then, we stop by "Nandaimon gate" to admire the Buddhism style building and walk around the place, petting and feeding the deers.