Just next to the Japanese dragon comes the Koi in popularity within Japanese mythological creatures, the Koi short for Nishikigoi even though they are often associated with Japan they were actually originated from central Asia in China million years ago and were later introduced in Japan by invaders. Due to natural genetic mutation the koi nowadays comes in many colorful varieties and forms that are often portrayed in artworks. Thanks to this wide variety of attractive colors and patterns the koi became a popular creature with important meaning an symbolism around the world.
The koi is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. Aside from its beauty the koi fish is also known as a resilient creature as it’s mostly associated to having persistence and strength to get through adversity due to its legend.
The waterfall legend.
The koi is well known for its claim to fame. Entrenched as it is the koi with China mythology there is an ancient tale that happens in the yellow river of China, where a school of golden koi were swimming and fighting against the current. At the end of the river once they reached the waterfall many of the koi gave up and chose to be carried away by the river’s current.
However, a few of them persevered for hundreds of years until a koi managed to jump up the waterfall where the gods recognized it for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon.