GYOTAKU, or fish printing, is an ancient, time-honored, traditional Japanese art form. Centuries ago, Japanese fisherman would paint their prized catches, then cover them with a piece of rice paper, and gently rub. Depending on the amount of paint on the fish, the type of fish, and the amount of pressure used while rubbing, it would create an exact, detailed imprint of the fish. Once the print was complete, color and detail were carefully added.
It began as a way for Japanese fishermen to commemorate their catch and it is still the most unique, creative and artistic way to display any catch. Over the years, Gyotaku has grown to be recognized as its own art form.