March 21, 2017
Mega Lucky Scratcher! All About the Lucky Koi
Our new Mega Lucky Scratcher is here! Now you can get even more mileage out of your Mega Lucky Tickets with our colorful koi and its scratch-off scales. Just load it up from the same menu as our other Mega Lucky Machines and select it from the lineup. Feeling a little koi crazy with this new way to win? Then here’s a look into why this lucky fish is making waves in my KONAMI Slots!
Chances are you’ve seen koi before–they’re those “big goldfish” you find in outdoor ponds sometimes. They’re not just simple fish, however. Koi have a long and storied history and mythology, especially in Asian culture.
The word koi itself means “carp” in Japanese, where koi are an important cultural symbol. Koi were originally imported to Japan from China, and in both countries they were an important source of food. In the mid 1800s, some Japanese farmers discovered that the koi could be bred to enhance their coloration, and these new colorful, ornamental koi (known as nishikigoi) began to be kept as a hobby.
In both China and Japan, koi have come to symbolize a number of different things, but central to their symbolism is the idea that koi represent strength and perseverance against tough odds. This facet comes from the concept that koi are known to swim upstream against tough currents. In fact, one legend says that the strongest and bravest carp would swim up the Yellow River, and if they made it through the “Dragon’s Gate” at the top of a waterfall, they would be transformed into a powerful flying dragon. In fact, koi have small whiskers, which somewhat resembles the way dragons are depicted in China and Japan, so it’s easy to see why this legend started!
Koi are said to represent courage, as they “meet their end” bravely like an honorable samurai warrior if they are plucked from the water. Being long-lived (some koi have been known to live for hundreds of years!), they’ve also come to represent longevity and wisdom, and as they are a type of fish they’re also associated with fertility, friendship, and love; the word koi is a “sound-alike” for another Japanese word that means “affection”. Koi especially have this association in the practice of feng shui, where two koi are often depicted together as a sort of yin-yang symbol, representing male and female koi as well as the qualities of harmony, happiness, and balance.
All fish, but especially koi, are also known to represent success, luck, prosperity, and good fortune. The word for “fish” in Chinese sounds like another word that means “abundance”, as in “abundant wealth”, and during Chinese New Year celebrations, the lucky red envelopes called “hung-pao” are frequently decorated with koi, representing the abundance within: they usually contain money!
There are over a dozen specific varieties of koi, ranging in color from white and silver, to blue and brown, to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges, and each color is said to have a different symbolism. Which one is your favorite?
- Black – symbolize love, diligence, strength, transformation, and overcoming obstacles
- Blue – symbolize virility and masculinity
- Red – symbolize energy, bravery, love, and femininity
- Pure white with a red spot – symbolize Japan (they look like the Japanese flag!), good luck, and career advancement
- White with red markings on body and mouth – strong love
- Yellow/gold, silver or platinum – symbolize great wealth and prosperity