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Koi Says Hi

BBMaui, Kauai, Hawaii. Koi (鯉), or more specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉) (literally "brocaded carp"), are ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp. The ornamental cultivation of carp flourished under the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Korean Silla Dynasty, and Japanese Edo Period. Koi breeding became popular in the 19th century in the Niigata prefecture of Japan. Farmers working at the rice fields would notice that some carp were more brightly colored than others, capture them, and raise them. By the 20th century, a number of color patterns had been established, most notably the red-and-white Kohaku. (The one in this photo is a Kohaku.)


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Taken on February 14, 2008