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Koi Fish

koi
Koi Fish Vertical Wall Scroll

鯉 is the Japanese Kanji which created the title "koi fish." 鯉 is pronounced "koi" in Japanese.

Here is the reality: 鯉 actually means "carp" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Koi fish really are carp (by species) and were breed to obtain colorful variations in ancient China. Some generations later, some of these colorful fish were transported to Japan, where they also became vastly popular.

Note: Please see our other entry for koi fish (Nishiki Goi) which is a more normal selection for a Japanese koi fish enthusiast to have on their wall.

Carp / Koi Fish

lǐ yú
Carp / Koi Fish Vertical Wall Scroll

鯉魚 is one Chinese title for what westerners call "koi fish."

This literally means "carp fish" (which is what koi fish really are).

You probably want the other title, which is more specific to the colorful fish that you are thinking of. Look for "Nishiki Goi" on our website.

Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi

jǐn lǐ
nishiki goi
Koi Fish / Nishiki Goi Vertical Wall Scroll

If you like or collect and maintain koi fish, this is the wall scroll for you.

Technically, this is a certain and revered species of "koi fish" in Japan but it is the most normal selection for a wall scroll (more normal than the actual Kanji for "koi" or "fish" alone.

This literally means "brocade carp" or "embroidered carp." This term is also used to mean the same thing in China (which is the origin of koi fish breeding and cultivation, several generations before they became popular in Japan).

For those of you that don't know, the Kanji for "koi" (which is pronounced "goi" in this entry) really means "carp." If you want the word that means "koi fish," it would just be the generic word for "carp fish." That would include both colorful carp, and the more mundane gray carp (the ones people eat, if they don't mind lots of bones).

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

nián nián yǒu yú
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Vertical Wall Scroll

年年有餘 is a common proverb or wish of prosperity you'll hear around the time of Chinese New Years.

Directly translated character by character it means, "Year Year Have Surplus." A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be "Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life."

On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. 年年有餘 is because the last character "yu" which means surplus or abundance has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for "fish."

年年有餘 is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.

In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked especially for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.


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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Koi Fish
koilǐ / li3 / li
Carp
Koi Fish
鯉魚
鲤鱼
lǐ yú / li3 yu2 / li yu / liyuli yü / liyü
Koi Fish
Nishiki Goi
錦鯉
锦鲤
nishiki goi
nishikigoi
jǐn lǐ / jin3 li3 / jin li / jinlichin li / chinli
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance年年有餘
年年有馀
nián nián yǒu yú
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
nian nian you yu
niannianyouyu
nien nien yu yü
niennienyuyü
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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/ li3
li
 koi(p);koi / こい(P);コイ
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Vertical Wall Scroll
carp
common carp (Cyprinus carpio); koi carp; (personal name) Ri

好意

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hǎo yì / hao3 yi4
hao i
 koui / koi / こうい
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Vertical Wall Scroll
good intention; kindness
(1) kindness; favor; favour; friendliness; (2) goodwill; affection; liking (for someone); love

錦鯉


锦鲤

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jǐn lǐ / jin3 li3
chin li
 nishikigoi / にしきごい
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance Vertical Wall Scroll
koi (Cyprinus carpio haematopterus)
coloured carp; colored carp

こい

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 koi / こい (suf,adj-i) rich in ...; high in ...; full of ...; very ...; quite ...

コイ

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 koi / コイ Khoi (people); Khoikhoi; Khoi-khoin; (personal name) Coye

乞い

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 koi / こい request; entreaty

仰威

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 koui / koi / こうい (female given name) Koui

光意

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 koui / koi / こうい (personal name) Koui

児井

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 koi / こい (surname) Koi

兒井

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 koi / こい (surname) Koi

公伊

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 koui / koi / こうい (personal name) Koui

公位

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 koui / koi / こうい (given name) Koui

公偉

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 koui / koi / こうい (given name) Koui

公威

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 koui / koi / こうい (given name) Koui

厚井

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 koui / koi / こうい (surname) Koui

厚意

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 koui / koi / こうい kindness; favor; favour

古意

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 koi / こい ancient ways; the feelings of the ancients

垢衣

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gòu yī / gou4 yi1
kou i
 koui / koi / こうい
(archaism) dirty clothes; grimy clothes
soiled clothing

好位

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 koui / koi / こうい (abbreviation) (See 好位置) favourable position (esp. in horse racing, e.g. in 3rd to 5th place during a race)

孝井

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 koui / koi / こうい (surname) Koui

孤悲

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 koi / こい (out-dated kanji) (romantic) love

宏偉


宏伟

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hóng wěi / hong2 wei3
hung wei
 koi / こい
grand; imposing; magnificent
(personal name) Koi

寒鯉

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 kangoi / かんごい (See 鯉) koi carp caught during the cold season

小井

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 koi / こい (place-name, surname) Koi

小居

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 koi / こい (surname) Koi

幸井

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 koui / koi / こうい (surname) Koui

幸維

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 koui / koi / こうい (given name) Koui

弘意

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hóng yì / hong2 yi4
hung i
 kōi
a great will

弘懿

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hóng yì / hong2 yi4
hung i
 kōi
open-minded and warm-hearted

怯畏

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qiè wèi / qie4 wei4
ch`ieh wei / chieh wei
 kōi
to shrink from

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