Gyotaku

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Gyotaku is the Japanese art of making fish prints on delicate rice paper. This artform reproduces the exact features and characteristics of actual, individual fish. In Japanese, "gyo" translates to "fish" and "taku" translates to "stone rubbing" which refers to the technique of fish rubbing. Gyotaku began in Japan or China in the early 1800s as a means to measure and record a commercial fisherman's catch.

Florida artist Burt Lancaster learned the art of fish rubbing during his childhood in Japan. In addition to painting and exhibiting his works, he and his wife Gladys conduct seminars to teach the art of Gyotaku painting to children. Lancaster will also make a custom painting of your prize catch. Link -via Dump Trumpet

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Gyotaku is the name of one of my favorite Japanese restaurant here on Oahu. The place is filled with gigantic gyotaku paintings, they're really beautiful.
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