Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gyotaku



Gyotaku (gyo=fish and taku=printing or rubbing), the Japanese art of fish printing, dates back to the 18th century. Fisherman would record their catches by brushing them with ink and then pressing them onto paper.

The creator of the video above used Japanese sumi ink, which is non-toxic and easy to find. In the next video, a different artist makes a large print of a mahi-mahi.



Finally, here's a video a tourist in Okinawa took. A woman in a bait shop apparently does prints of fresh catches.

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