It is a group of fish which is commonly bred for decorative purposes

In Japan, koi are also thought to symbolize courage and strength. “Koinobori,” koi windsocks, streamers, and banners can be seen flying in Japan from April through early May. The koi are in honor of Children’s Day on May 5. Originally, similar banners were used by samurai warriors on the battlefield and were often adorned with carp. Today, all of the Koinobori are decorated with the fish. Families traditionally have flown koinobori to honor their sons, but today all of the children in the household are often honored by flying a koinobori for each child.

From common carp in China to a majestic journey into Japan, meet the Koi fish

錦鯉 - Nishikigoi, often called Koi fish or Japanese carp, are fish with colors and patches raised and kept for appreciation. The carp originates from China and was brought to Japan by means of gifts.

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