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The carp is the fish most frequently used for Japanese decorative purposes. Mythology identifies the carp as the messenger of the gods. Beginning in China and later throughout the Far East, this fish was recognized for its strength, intelligence, and endurance. In the period leading up to Children's Day (5 May) carp banners classically on bamboo poles are raised throughout Japan to wish the children similar characteristics of strength and endurance. Seeing a carp during a dream is considered an omen of good luck.

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  • Written Dec 24, 2005
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