You might be wondering what the fascination with koi is.
Despite contrary belief, koi originally have a Chinese origin. Koi was a food source before the Japanese bred them for their aesthetic appeal from the mid-1800s. Therefore, they are not of Japanese origin (as many people would believe).
Koi varieties are distinguished by their different colouration, patterning, and scale variation and each variety are completely different.
In Japan, the most popular variety of koi is the Kohaku, a red and white koi. In the United States, the most popular variants are the Kohaku, the Taisho Sanke, and the Showa Sanke. (The Taisho Sanka and the Showa Sanka are both red, white, and black.)
The hobby of keeping koi eventually spread from Japan, worldwide. They are now regularly kept in garden ponds all around the world, including the UK. Passionate hobbyists join clubs, share their knowledge and help each other with their koi and communicate via groups on social media.
There are even many social media pages dedicated to Koi fish including @koi_fish_pond who have over 27,000 followers on Instagram. Their page is dedicated to their family of koi.
Maybe you will start your own social media pages dedicated to your koi. If you do, we’d love a tag.