Summary of facilities - purpose of establishment of Ojiya Nishikigoi no Sato

What is Nishikigoi?
Nishikigoi is the generic name for the carps with beautiful colours and marking patterns.
They are sorted out from the edible carps, called "koi" in Japanese.
The improvement of edible black carps into Nishikigoi for appreciation started at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Through people's unceasing efforts black carps have now turned into exquisite Nishikigoi.
What is Ojiya Nishikigoi no Sato?
The city of Ojiya is the birthplace of Nishikigoi. Ojiya Nishikigoi no Sato is the only place in the world where a wide variety of live Nishikigoi are on display along with the materials showing the history of their improvements.
Nishikigoi are usually raised in mud ponds from spring to autumn, so their beautiful figures cannot be seen from a close distance during these seasons in breeding districts. In order to solve this problem, the city of Ojiya opened Nishikigoi no Sato in October, 1989, so that visitors can see genuine Nishikigoi, in their birthplace, swimming in clear water throughout the year.

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