CARP POND by Bob Kessel
The word ‘koi’ ( 鯉 ) comes from Japanese, simply meaning “carp.” It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as ‘koi’ in English are referred to more specifically as ‘nishikigoi’ ( 錦鯉 ) in Japan (literally meaning ‘brocaded carp’). In Japanese, ‘koi’ is a homophone for another word that means ‘affection or love’; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan. An example of this is given in a short story by Mukoda Kuniko, “Koi-san”.
“CARP POND” by Bob Kessel, can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.