Koi (Carp)

Koi is a symbol of the strength, courage, and patience. According to Chinese legend, a carp which courageously climbed up waterfalls was turned into a dragon. “Koi no takinobori (鯉の滝登り, Koi’s waterfall climbing)” means, “to succeed vigorously in life.” On Children’s Day (May 5th), families with boys fly koinobori (carp streamers) outside and wish for boys to grow strong and brave like carp. “Manaita no ue no koi (まな板の上の鯉, A carp on the cutting board)” refers to the situation that is doomed, or to be left to one’s fate.
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