Jerelyn Miyashiro


Gyotaku - printing Alaska's wild fish

 Gyotaku (Ghee- oh-ta-coo)

is a traditional Japanese nature printing technique originally used to record fisherman's prized catches. This technique dates back to the late 1800's and has a long tradition in Hawaii. 

This is a printing session in my backyard of a 38 lb. King salmon that was caught in Cook Inlet out at Point Mackenzie by my fish monger .The fish is wiped dry and then inked. Paper is laid over the fish and carefully rubbed by hand to transfer the image to the paper. 

Bringing them back to life...

Each print is different and sometimes the rhythm and mood of the image reveals itself  immediately and sometimes I need to sit and stare. I paint in the eyes and add line work and color to instill  movement and depth to the print.

Here are some of my best Gyotaku's.

Blue Reds

Red Salmon, Sockeye, Oncorhynchus Nerka,

Kenai River, July 2015

Banana Mash Rock 

Yellow Eye Rock fish,  Red Snapper, Sebastes Ruberimus

Gyotaku print on Thai banana mash paper, 35" x 22"

I donated this print to the Alaska Marine Gala 2012, February 18, 2012 held at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage by the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, Alaska. 

The Alaska Sea Life Center is a wonderful, must see and visit every summer if you can, place. I am always inspired by the beauty of Seward and the wonderful creatures of the sea that make their home there.

Golden Kings

King Salmon, Chinook, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Bing's Landing Beauty

Red Salmon, Sockeye, Onchorynchus Nerka, Bings Landing, Soldotna, July 2011

Lou's Snapper

Yellow Eye Rock fish,  Red Snapper, Sebastes Ruberimus

Resurrection Bay, Seward