Killifish Stealing Spotlight from Goldfish in Japan

Society Culture

Otawara, Tochigi Pref., Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)--Ornamental killifish have been attracting attention in Japan, stealing the show from goldfish, a traditional summer feature in the country.

Due to the popularity of colorful varieties produced by breed improvement, including reddish "yokihi" and glittery ones, the volume of killifish in distribution has increased steadily, helped by online transactions.

Nakagawa Aquatic Park in the city of Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, is displaying about 100 kinds of killifish in a special summer exhibition through Sept. 1.

About 15 years ago, yokihi triggered a killifish boom in Japan, according to an official at the park.

After active breed improvement by individuals, the number of varieties is said to have topped 550, including one with a long tail fin.

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