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".
Asia Culture Fish History Japan Koi
Nara Cycle Tours Highlights Tour
Todaiji Temple with the giant Buddha statue, pet the deers in the park, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and its thousand lanterns, visit the Kikuichi traditional Japanese knife shop. With a guide who will keep you safe and will show you the city in a very unique way, welcome to Nara.
Home-meal with a family at home
We are a family teaching how to cook Japanese home-meal at our home in Kyoto. Let's cook together!