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very generally, they represent good luck in Japan. in china different numbers of fish, including koi, represent different kinds of luck i.e. 9 koi or 9 fish, means good financial luck.


In Japan, the symbolism of koi fish depends on their color.

  • Yamabuki: The gold fish represents (of course) gold, wealth and prosperity.
  • Ogon: The platinum colored fish represents the fulfillment of wealth in the form of success in business.
  • Kumonryu: A midnight black colored fish that is named after a Japanese dragon of transformation - and this fish is said to bring about change in life circumstances.
  • Kohoku: A white and red fish (known as a "cap" fish with white body and a red mark on its head) believed to encourage advancement in career.
  • Kuchibeni: Also white and red (known as a "lipstick" fish with a white body and red markings around the mouth) said to inspire long lasting, loving relationships.
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What does a orange koi fish represent in japan?

it means peace

What does a Japanese Koi represent in Japan?

Koi (the fish name, meaning carp) sounds like the word for "fancy" or "love". In Japanese characters, Koi is "恋".

The national fish of japan?

it is the koi fish

Where is the koi fish from?


In which country does the koi fish live?

Koi fish can live in almost any country. Koi are thought to be originally from Japan. Many people have outdoor fish ponds in which Koi are the dominant fish.

Where does koi fish come from?


Which famous animal is Japan known for?

Koi, i think, u no the fish? Koi, i think, u no the fish?

What kind of fish are in Japan?

Japan has manhy kind of fish but they are very well know for their koi fish.

What do the colors of koi fish symbolize?

The black koi fish represents males, the sun, and evil. White koi fish represent females, the moon, and good.

What are important things that represent Japan?

Deer,(they let them roam free on city streets) Koi,(big fish), Cherry Blossoms

What does a red-pink koi fish represent?

On Children's Day in Japan, koi fish flags are often flown to symbolize each member of the family. Black koi symbolizes the father; red and orange koi for the mother, blue and white koi for the son, red and pink koi stands for each daughter.

What is Japan's state animal?

Koi , a type of fish .

What kind of koi fish represent peace?

The ones that swim

What does a koi fish represent?

A Japanese Koi is said to represent a person being a non-conformist - like a fish swimming upstream against the current. It is also thought to represent strength in the time of adversity as the fish swims upstream over rocks and underwater obstacles.

In japan what animal symbolizes power?

I've heard the Koi fish

What do the koi fish represent in tangerine?

It represents you MAMA( Who are you?) R u from brent

Is the spot on a koi fish head the sun and what does it mean?

I have an incomplete answer for this. I just got a tattoo of a koi fish that I designed (without the spot). I got it done in Japan and the tattoo artist decided to add it. He explained to me that it when a koi fish gets older...something something...and that it was very japanese. I has something to do with the aging or wisdom of a koi fish.

Koi fish and dragon tattoo meaning?

There are many different possible meanings that could be behind a tattoo of a Koi fish and dragon. These could represent power and agility for example.

Why are koi carp important in japan?

koi fish are importent to Japan as we all know! But why? In Japanese Culture the Koi Fish or Carp Is Thought to Be One of the Most Vital Fishes. This Is Because It Is Always Going From One Place to the Next and Dosent Stop Swimming, Often Moving the Water. Some States Are Trying to Minimize the Koi Population

It is a fish a type of carp often bred in japan and kept in ponds?

The koi carp.

Tattoos that symbolise endurance?

Koi fish Koi fish

What are Japan's native fish?

Koi are the most widely know fish from Japan. They are common in ponds all around the world now and are supposed to bring luck and wealth.

Are koi fish endangered?

Koi carp are not a product of natural evolution. They were man developed by selective breeding in Japan. They are in no danger of ever becoming extinct.

How long do koi fish lives?

The average life span of koi in Japan is 70 years and some have been known to live more then 100.

What does a red koi tattoo represent?

it represnts love A Red Koi represents the strength and masculinity. The Color red is always associated with bravery and energy. The Red Koi fish is considered to be the strongest and can swim opposite to the strongest currents of the river. check this site to see what each of the colors of Koi represent.