World’s Oldest Koi – 226 years!

Painting of Colorful Koi

Painting of Colorful Koi

Although it may only be legend, a Japanese koi named Hanako is reported to have lived 226 years! Hanako died on July 17, 1977, after being handed down and cared for by generations of the Koshihara family in Gifu, Japan. Hanako’s age was estimated through microscopic analysis of her fish scales (a process similar to that used for tree growth rings). Although Hanako’s exact longevity may never be known, many koi do live at least 25-50 years. Koi are members of the carp family, and are highly prized as pets. Some fish are worth thousands of dollars. Koi can be trained to eat out of hand and to come when called. Their colors have symbolic meaning. Hanako was scarlet, and her name means “Flower Maid” in Japanese.  A website in which Dr. Komei Koshihara talks about Hanako, “his dear friend”, is at:

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

5 Responses to World’s Oldest Koi – 226 years!

  1. elisa ruland says:

    Pam, I like comparison between the counting the fish scales and the number of rings in a tree. This is a breathtaking piece of art, one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy for years. Lovely!

  2. W.H. SIM says:

    that’s amazing. my dad tried keeping koi but could only get them to live for a few years. 226 years is mindboggling!

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