Monday, January 25, 2010

Hungry Koi

48 Hours. 223 of 600

Koi is the Japanese name for Carp. They were introduced from China about 500 years ago primarily as a food source.


Around 1820 they began to breed them for color variations and there are now dozens of distinct varieties.


A few years back our river flooded and when the waters receded some koi were left stranded in the rice paddies so our neighbor gave us one to eat, but it is not a pleasant flavor.



  1. I love koi! That second picture is amazing, the water is so clear, wow.

  2. I used to see some fabulous and colorful carp fish in the moat around the emperor's palace. I wonder if it is still stocked?

  3. Dear Ojisanjake,

    I want to thank you for a great job on "More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan", such a positive cultural experience our provide trough it.
    I lived in USA, moved back to EU and I am trying to do something like this with my blog, only rediscovering Transylvania region and culture of lower Danube in Romania.

    Knowing that Japan is the best in fishing methods and gear such as lures, rods itc. I became a Japanese lure collector.

    Ojisanjake is it possible to put some light over Japanese vision, history and rituals of fishing and everything that is connected to it people, ways, gear.

    I am sure it would mean a great deal to many people, because this subject is hardly opened.


  4. Interesting. I didn't know koi were originally bred for food.