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Koi with Heart – New Japanese Tourist Attraction


The Kenroku-en park in the Chubu region of Japan has a new tourist attraction for people who are looking for love, or just a little good luck in that area. The park has a new “koi with heart” that is quite outstanding i a few ways. First, it is white – not really odd you might think, except that all the other fish swimming with it in its family are black.

Kenroku-en Koi with Heart - Image by INABA Tomoaki

Koi with Heart – Image by INABA Tomoaki

But more important is the “birth mark” it shows off to the people who are eagerly looking for it. Rocketnews24.com, in a recent article, spotlighted this unique fish:

Thanks to the unusually shaped red mark on its head, a koi carp has brought busloads of tourists to its home in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, as word spreads of the “heart fish” and excited sightseers jostle for position to get a snap of it.

The fish, naturally oblivious to the reason for the attention it is suddenly receiving, now spends most of its day treading water near the bridge in Kenroku-en gardens, peering up at excited tourists’ faces, thankfully unable to hear the shrill cries of teenage girls proclaiming how “kawaii!!” it is…

Koi carp are known the world over as expensive ornamental fish, kept on display in fancy ponds thanks to their beautiful colours and sparkling scales. But when this little fishy and his heart-shaped mark were first spotted, Japanese tourists were quick to make the connection between the word “koi”, meaning “carp”, also being a homophone for the word “koi” as in “love”, and suggesting that the fish could spell good fortune for those seeking romance.

This Koi with Heart inspire lovers of all ages

Koi have been kept for thousands of years in Japan and are some of the most expensive fish because of their beauty and the care and attention they have received from breeders. The Kenroku-en park was established in the 1600s and is one of the oldest public parks in Japan,opened in the 1800’s to the public, but dating back a couple of hundred years before.  It is well known for its koi ponds already. A koi with heart is going to capture anyone’s imagination who is looking for romance

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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