G Y O T A K U

The art of Japanese fish rubbings and nature prints


     Gyotaku is the art of Japanese fish rubbing. The first gyotaku were completed to preserve a true record of the size and species caught by Japanese anglers. In fact, fish prints are so accurate in reproduction, that Nippons fishing contest winners are determined by a gyotaku print. The oldest fish prints known, preserved at a museum in Japan, date back over a century.  In the direct method, pigment is brushed directly on an actual fish after it is cleaned and prepped.  The paper is then placed over the fish and is gently rubbed by the fingers. The paper is then carefully separated from the fish body, producing a mirror image. It is a relief print from nature. One printer referred to it as using “templates from the hand of God”.

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