Gyotaku is an art form that has gained recent popularity in Virginia. The fish rubbing process known as Gyotaku, began two thousand years ago in the Orient. The technique allows for a truly accurate image of all the details in each fish. The basic method remains relatively simple. Artists apply paint or ink to an actual fish, then lay paper or canvas on top of it. The paper or other media is rubbed over the fish and gently peeled off to expose the likeness.