This painting is playing on the word 'coy'... and of course the koi fish also adds to the Asian feel.
Pronunciation Key (koi)
adj. coy·er, coy·est
Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved.
Affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest. Synonyms: Shy.
Annoyingly unwilling to make a commitment.
20 hours, Photoshop CS2, Intuos 2