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Japanese Koi and Russian Industar 61L/Z 50mm F/2.8 lens

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Koi is the Japanese word for carp fish. However in English the word Koi normally refers to "nishikigoi" the domesticated colourful ornamental carp fish that originated from Japan. Nishikigoi (錦鯉) literally means brocaded carp fish.


Koi fish is a very popular decorative fish especially in the Far East. To the Japanese Koi fish symbolises perseverance, endurance and the strength to overcome difficulties in life. The word Koi also pronounced the same as another Japanese word meaning love and friendship.

The Chinese character for fish is pronounced the same as the word for 'surplus' or 'abundance' and symbolises profit, gain and good fortune. Carp fish is a popular theme in Chinese paintings. Colourful or red carp fish in Chinese painting is considered an auspicious sign. It comes as no surprise why many homes and businesses in the Far East love to keep ornamental fish and especially the colourful Nishikigoi (錦鯉) fish in their premises.


Koi or  Nishikigoi (錦鯉) fi…