Gyotaku: The Ancient Japanese Art of Printing Fish

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An art form rich in cultural significance and historical ties, gyotaku is the ancient Japanese art of printing fish. Your class will not only learn about the competitive fishing culture of nineteenth century Japan and an important spiritual custom of the Edo period, but will also discover the unique step-by-step process behind how fishermen recorded their trophy catches with etchings of sumo ink and rice paper.

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  • Great opportunity for an interdisciplinary lesson
  • Video and assessment offers modern-day connections
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