The Champ

On Ogata Koi Farm in Kurume there is a grave stone that immortalizes the life of an important being in typical Japanese fashion. It reads 

錦鯉 供養之碑 (Nishikigoi Kuyou no Hi)

Meaning, in simple words : The grave stone of a Nishikigoi”

 

But there are more detail hidden in these pictograms

供養    for "to hold a memorial service

And

for "monument"

 

True to the Shino tradition, there is no name or date on the stone. The event in terms of the continuum of time, insignificant. Not important. An understatement.

 

What is important is that Mr Manabu Ogata wished to honour the memories of a meaningful life. Immortalize the life of a fish. Timeless. A true testament in stone.

 

(I am indebted to Kiyoko Fujita for opening the misery of the Japanese culture a little)