The History of Koi Ponds


Koi ponds are rare in their ability to balance beauty and tranquility. While they have become increasingly popular in today’s gardening and pond landscaping for aesthetic purposes, their purpose was once much more functional in the everyday lives of those that farmed them. Over hundreds of years the Koi pond’s purpose has evolved many times finally becoming the peaceful décor feature and Zen-like landscaping piece they are today. Learn more about the history of koi and other interesting koi pond facts.

-History claims that Koi originated from Persia, China and the eastern Asia region.

-Koi was introduced to the Japanese during the Chinese invasions as a heavy food substance for hungry villages.

-The koi we know today is actually Nishikigoi, a species of carp.

-In the 1800s the color of koi began to mutate. This made the fish much more valuable and popular to the upper class.

-In 1804 koi breeders began to breed koi for specific cosmetic results this led to many eras of unique koi species.

-The 1829 Bunka Era produced white Koi with red abdomens.

-During the Tempo era of 1843 the fish remained white but the foreheads became red.

-The 1912 Meija Era is among the most noted because of the beautiful color variations produced during this time.

-The Ogon era of 1946 introduced metallic finishes to the koi’s scales. This mutation was also extremely popular.


Over the course of hundreds of years the mutation of koi becomes more and more beautiful. Today koi can be found in thousands of homes and gardens around the world. The overall appreciation and high regard for koi is sure to continue to grow as a result of its natural beauty and serene ambiance. 

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