Ancient Japanese method of fish-catch record keeping becomes folk art form.

Ancient Japanese method of fish-catch record keeping becomes folk art form.

Ancient Japanese folk art taught in Horsefly

There was a sparsely attended River Interpreter class held at the Horsefly Library on Aug. 9.

There was a sparsely attended River Interpreter class held at the Horsefly Library on Aug. 9.

An exciting skill called Gyotaku (Gee-oh-tah-koo) was taught, and will be a feature of the Salmon Festival being held in Horsefly on Sept. 3 and 4. 

Gyotaku is the ancient Japanese folk art of painting fish.

The first Gyotaku were created to preserve the true record and size of species caught by Japanese anglers as far back as 1862.

It is a simple operation, and an amateur like me could manage quite nicely.

I checked out the website where this art is sold. 

A person could make a living at this.

Copies of smaller ones (18” x 24”) go for $65, while larger multi-fish Gyotakus are selling for $300 to $500 a copy. 

Interesting and intriguing stuff. 

 

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