Koi & Waterfall


“850. Koi & Waterfall” Watercolor painting by Mariko Irie

According to Chinese tradition, if the Koi swims up to the top of the waterfall, it becomes a dragon.

Japanese adapted the idea.

So Koi indicates ascendant, prosperity and more.

In Edo Period (1603-1868) Samurai family used to decorate Koinobori in their yard for wishing for their children’s succeed in life around May 5th.

Koinobori meaning “carp streamer” in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no sekku, a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday; Children’s Day on May 5th.


I have seen Koinobori, which are carp-shaped wind socks in California.

What an imagination, flying fishes in the sky, isn’t it?


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