Tokyo - Akido, a giant orange koi fish, is set to be given an award after he perished in the Japanese tsunami. His owner, Kiko Tatsuyama, said she knew Akido was trying to warn her of an impending disaster when he actually came into the house, walking on his fins, and told her.
In broken English, Mrs. Tatsuyma says, "We train Akido long time ago to walk and talk. Koi very intelligent, they do many things. He talk to my dog, Benji and to my sons, Haki and Tony. He said tsunami coming, big wave! Run! This was two week before disaster struck."
Even though she told the local authorities of Akido's prediction, they ignored the warning.
"I still cannot understand how they ignored my talking Koi fish. Maybe they didn't believe me."
If Akido knew disaster was coming, why didn't he save himself?
"He suddenly left one day, swam out to sea to help other fish. He was that type of fish, always helpful. Help everyone, all the time. Japanese way. And now he is the one gone forever."
The family will accept a special Golden Sushi statuette in honor of Akido's bravery and selflessness. But it is bittersweet.
"We miss him much. Now he sleep with the fishes."