The Sheraton Waikiki has some new world-famous residents move in Sunday afternoon.
Tamio Mori, the mayor of Nagaoka, Honolulu’s sister city, donated 25 prized nishikigoi, or colorful carp, to live in the hotel’s koi pond.
Traditionally, the people of Nagaoka raised edible black carp for protein, but one day 200 years ago, a mutant red carp was born. Since then, breeders have created about a hundred varieties for export overseas.
Nishikigoi are also known as a symbol of peace because they are non-aggressive by nature and always get along harmoniously in a school even if the specially bred carp come from different places and are suddenly put all together into the same tank or pond.