1. The Koi Fish
The Koi Fish represents luck, hard work, and determination. There is a misconception that the Koi Fish must be faced up. This misconception is untrue, the Koi Fish can be faced up or down, however, the meaning always remains the same.
2. The Dragon
The Dragon represents success. There is an ancient Japanese tale of a Koi Fish swimming up a stream; with the Koi’s determination, the Koi became a Dragon.
3. The Tiger
The Tiger symbolizes strength, courage, and protection for ones family. Tigers are also associated with the wind element.
4. The Lion or Fu-Dog
The Lion or Fu-Dog represents protection, strength, courage, good luck, and heroism. You can see these representations on statues outside of temples, as they are there to protect them.
5. The Oni Mask or Demon Mask
The Oni Mask or Demon Mask represents good and evil, tricksters, and demons. The word Oni is best translated as Ogre or Troll