Koi No Ike

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According to a legend, the koi fish were attempting to leap to the top of a magical waterfall at the end of the Yellow River in China. After hundreds of years of jumping, a koi fish managed to reach the top of the waterfall. The gods, recognizing the determination and effort of the koi, turn the fish into a mighty dragon. Koi fish are, since then, associated with the symbol of strength and perseverance.

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Among the Fallen Leaves

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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
– Milan Kundera