Koi fish are symbols in both Japanese and Chinese culture and can represent traits of strength and of love. Their meaning varies depending on the color, scale type and the pattern of the individual fish.
In Japanese culture, the koi fish represents strength and perseverance. It is also called the "warrior's fish" and is sometimes associated with masculinity. Chinese and Korean traditions associate the koi fish with friendship and love. In each tradition, the color of a koi fish causes it to symbolize different things. For example, gold-colored koi fish represent wealth and prosperity, while red-colored koi fish symbolize love.