Gyotako Art by Bridget Sawtisky

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 refer to the technique of fish rubbing. Gyotaku began in Japan in the early 1800's as a means to measure and record commercial fisherman's catch. Today, Gyotaku is an alternative to taxidermy and mounting fish, and has become a recognized form of art.