Swanica explores Japan

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Today, I hang a new found scroll on the wall in our living room. I call it the "Mystical Morning" summer scroll: a beautiful Sumie brush painting on paper.

This is a close-up. And by clicking on it, you can enlarge it.

This scroll we have hanging, when you come up the stairs to the living room: delicately painted "Coy" or "Koi" fish on silk.

According to Japanese legend if a Koi (or carp) succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement, the ability to attain high goals and courage.

Also, in the Buddhist Religion, the Koi Fish is symbolic for courage. Humans 'swim' through the 'ocean of suffering' without fear, just like a fish swims through water.

Owning Koi has been a pleasure to pond keepers and water gardeners for hundreds of years. Known as “Living Jewels” by the Japanese, these colourful carp are highly sought after. Hardy enough to live through all but the worst winters, they are the favourite choice of pond dweller in many different climates.

In general, Koi are associated with good fortune, luck and happiness.
(Click for enlargement)


  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger r said…

    So now we need a Koi Fish pong back at our home in Los Altos Hills?


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