This infrormation was first posted in our "Question of the week."
Koi are referred to as Nishikigoi in Japan, which literally means brocaded carp. In Japanese, Koi is a homophone for another word that means "affection" or "love"; and therefore Koi are symbols of love and friendship in Japan. Japanese Koi are often said to be swimming symbols of eternal love, long life and good fortune. Koi flags are flown at the Children’s day festival, and Koi were used as traditional wedding gifts between the bride and the groom. In fact, the black and white tear drops of the yin yang symbol are said to be representations of two Koi, one male and one female.
Shubunkin are a variety of ornamental goldfish. Cyprinus carpio is the proper name for Koi – but that’s Latin! Zen Nippon Airinkai is the name of the Japanese Koi appreciation society.