Koi (Carp)

Because this fish swims upstream, even leaping waterfalls during migration, it is considered a symbol of strength, energy and successful conquest of obstacles. If caught, it lies still on the cutting board once touched by the knife. Samurai warriors considered carp a symbol of the courageous acceptance of death.

The delicate geometric design on this panel identifies it as coming from Hirose, in Shimane prefecture.

Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Krauss and Ann Marie Moeller