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What does a koi fish represent in Japan?

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2011-03-15 16:32:28
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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.

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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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