July 4 Fish Printing at Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Fish PrintsThe Port Townsend Marine Science Center will be offering fish printing, also known as Gyotaku, on July 4th from 12pm until 4pm in the portico of the Natural History Exhibit (across from the pier).

 This has been a tradition for many years, giving both kids and adults an opportunity to try their hand at this ancient art form on T-shirts or paper. One dollar donation is requested for paper and supplies. Adult t-shirts cost $9, kids $8.

Gyotaku (pronounced GHEE-OH-TAH-KOO) is the art and technique of Japanese Fish Printing. Gyo means "Fish" and Taku means "Rubbing" or "Impression."

The earliest known Gyotaku were made to preserve a true record of the size and species of fish caught by Japanese anglers.