|Yao Jianping (R), creator of the Su embroidery portrait Daisaku Ikeda, introduces her work to visitors at the shipping ceremony in Suzhou New District on Dec. 15. [China Daily]|
The Su embroidery portrait Daisaku Ikeda is about to be delivered to its subject in Japan, according to a shipping ceremony held in Suzhou New District on December 15.
Daisaku Ikeda, an old friend of the Chinese people, is dedicated to advancing friendly exchanges between peoples from China and Japan and is advocate for the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty as well as 50th anniversary of Daisaku Ikeda's proposal to restore the normalization of Japan-China relations.
In order to celebrate the two events and pay homage to Daisaku Ikeda, an embroidery master in Suzhou New District, Yao Jianping, created a portrait for him.
It took Yao eight months to finish the embroidery work, following extensive research on numerous Daisaku Ikeda's portraits and how to depict the spirit of the Japanese people.
In recent years, Su embroidery has made frequent appearances in China's cultural exchanges with other countries. Yao's work was once presented to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a national present and Su embroidery has appeared in Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, and Spain as a state-level intangible cultural heritage.
(Source: China Daily)
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