The Ryukin are a Japanese variety dating from the late 18th century, from the Ryukyu Islands, between Japan and Taiwan.
Yes, he is pooping! That's what it's all about.
NAME UPDATE: As an homage to my alma mater, it's only fitting that ryukin's new name is Fumihiko Maki, the architect of two buildings at Washington Unversity's School of Architecture, the Media Lab at MIT, and writer of 'Investigations into Collective Form.' Thanks to all who voted! there were some great write-ins:
- RYU (from streetfighter)
- Nova (like the Lox :P)
- woof blitzer, ruff ellison, paws cowgill :)