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The art or process of making a print of a fish by covering its body with ink or paint, placing a piece of thin paper (such as rice paper) over it, and rubbing the paper against the contours of the fish. Details such as the eye are often added by hand to the print.

[Japanese : gyo-, fish (from Middle Chinese ŋı̷ə̆ (also the source of Mandarin yú), from Old Chinese *ŋa;; akin to Tibetan ña and Burmese ŋa) + -taku, rubbing (from Middle Chinese thak, to take up, lift, open up, from Old Chinese *thâk; akin to Tibetan theg-pa, to lift).]
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Enjoy the art of making candy sushi and gyotaku ("print fish"), create a fish painted tote bag or picture to take home, followed by a walk along the beach as a naturalist explains the resident fish.
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Katie said: "Being by the sea helps us with ideas and we have a fascination for Japanese printing traditions, called gyotaku.
Wallpaper (Clouding series), 2014, superimposes traditional and contemporary printing technologies: from gyotaku, a practice originating with Japanese fishermen directly pressing their catches, dipped in ink, onto paper, a kind of accounting that ended up as an art unto itself, to photo-printer cartridges harvested for their store of CMYK.
In the last 18 years, the park has hosted exhibits featuring photography, oil paintings, watercolors, textile art, ceramics, mixed media, children's art work, and gyotaku (the art of Japanese fish printing), all with a focus on conservation issues facing the park and the region.
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Covering only four acres but so skillfully designed on a hillside that it's easy to get lost in it, the garden has a small exhibit space, then filled with artwork by Jack Swartz, a retired high school principal who specializes in Gyotaku, a Japanese method for making prints of fish.