This is a superb article on koi as depicted in art in both China and Japan. Learn about how the koi symbolize life differently in both cultures.
Some of the most famous and recognizable Chinese and Japanese artwork is that of the carp. Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp paintings and ukiyo-e woodblock prints, as well as the artwork it has inspired around the world. And most people have seen the famous nishikigoi (錦鯉), or koi fish in many kinds of pictures and art! But are you familiar with the history behind this artwork? Do you know the significance of the carp to the Chinese and Japanese people? If not, please read on and learn more!
Chinese and Japanese Koi Art - Owlcation