Koi Carp are seen as good fortune or luck in Japan and they are also associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. They are symbolic in Buddhism where they courage. Japanese legend tells us that if a Koi succeeds in swimming upstream until it reaches the final waterfall, it vaults into the mists and becomes a water dragon. Thus the Koi is a symbol of world aspiration and advancement, worth remembering when you’re in need of a lucky charm or motivation!
The Koi often represents the family, particularly in Japan with a black Koi for father, red Koi for mother, blue and white for a boy and pink and red for a girl. Koi are known in Japan as ‘warrior’s fish’ due to their symbolism of strength and masculinity.