Koi or more specifically nishikigoi, literally “brocaded carp”, are a group of fish that are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.
Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream.
Koi Carp was born in China and exported to the whole Asiatic region as an ornamental fish.
The use of fountains and water gardens spread all over the countries to keep this very hardy and resistent fish.
Because of their resistance, colours and characteristics, Koi Carp became an icon for China and Japan, but also for the rest of the world.
Koi Carp started to appear on skins few decades ago: Koi fish tattoos generally stand for good fortune and good luck. There is an old fable that stated a Koi Carp could try to climb up the falls at a specific point on the Yellow River to become a dragon.
The koi symbolizes a person’s ability to aspire to be a better, more advanced part of the universe. That is the reason why it is almost always represented while pointing at the sky.
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