Hawaii Mom Blog: Birthday Party Ideas: Gyotaku by Naoki




January 13, 2016

Birthday Party Ideas: Gyotaku by Naoki

Gyotaku by Naoki

My introduction to Gyotaku by Naoki was when a friend of ours gifted us a print of an arowana after our own arowana (known affectionately as Aji - short for Ajinomoto) passed away.  The print was a real beauty and we displayed it proudly in our home.  According to Naoki, gyotaku is a time honored, traditional Japanese art, that is captured on a piece of shoji paper for the keepsake of the family, and friends, and fishers to come.

Fast forward some years and two kids later:  I am searching the internet for vendors for my son's first birthday party.  I had already booked tattoos, a balloon artist, a Japanese candy maker, and the Lego Man.  I came upon Gyotaku by Naoki's website because he offers a birthday party service where Gyotaku prints can be made on tshirts.  It didn't come cheap, but it would make for a wonderful parting gift for the children.

His staff did a wonderful job at my son's party, patiently listening to all the children's requests for fish colors and placement on the shirt.  I've been to two more parties that have used Gyotaku by Naoki and at the most recent, Naoki was printing the shirts himself.  It was very cool because we could request for our tshirts to be signed.

The only con in having Gyotaku by Naoki at a party is the very long line you will have to wait in for your tshirt prints.  I think it'd be wise for the company or the host to develop some sort of number system so guests can secure a place in line, but wait for their turn while enjoying the party.  Perhaps, some sort of discreet sign to let guests know what number they are working on.  Or maybe, assign order by table.  Trust me on this, party planners. 

For more information about Gyotaku by Naoki's birthday party, click here.

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