Morgan Yamada, Japan Culture, Fish Bring, Koi Fish, Chinese Symbols, Shui Symbols, Japanese Culture, Fish Ponds, Friendship Symbols Fish
I chose these lanterns because they are commonly displayed during Chinese New Year and representative of Chinese culture in general. My family celebrates Chinese New Year (mostly by eating traditional foods), but sometimes we go to Chinatown where there are firecrackers and other festivities.
Feng Shui Symbol for Wisdom and Prosperity
In feng shui, red and gold colors are powerful symbol of wealth and prosperity. The words for fish and abundance are pronounced the same in Chinese (yu) so the fish in the Chinese culture symbolizes wealth. Koi amongst lotuses represent the concept of continually (again and again) having excess (or surplus) wealth. Koi is a powerful symbol of strength and perseverance. The scales and whiskers of Koi resemble that of a dragon, a great symbol of power in China.