Hakuho, Japanese sumo champion for eight consecutive years, drew big smile when photographed alongside Indonesian ambassador to Japan, Yusron Ihza Mahendra, and other guests in Batik Promotional Event at Wisma Duta, Indonesian Embasy, Tokyo.
“I love batik,” said Hakuho while showing off batik yukata that he wore.
“Of course it’s not the only one I have, I have several batik yukata with unique motifs.”
The event was attended by guests from various backgrouds such as academicians, ambassadors, entrepreneours, and executives of Japan Kimono Associations. Former Japan Prime Minister, Fukuda, who also the Chairman of the Indonesia-Japan Friendship Association, also attended the event with his wife.
The appearance of sumo wrestler is believed to be a good strategy to promote Indonesian batik because sumo is a kind of sport that has special class in Japanese society. A guest, who refused to be named said that Hakuho is currently a rising star who is widely popular among Japanese especially women.
“I hope that batik will not only exists in the heart of Indonesian people, but also lives in the hearts of other countries in the globe, especially Japan,” said Yusron in his speech.
According to Yusron, kimono with batik motifs is incredible and giving way for new hopes for batik future.
The Indonesia-Japan Collaboration Batik Exhibition was held by KBRI Tokyo in cooperation with Cross Cultural Artisan Association (CCAA). The exhibited batik is a collaborative works between Indonesian and Japanese artists that results in high quality batik called “Refine Batik”.