Former Gov. Mitch Daniels' Newsroom

Contact: Jane Jankowski
Phone: 317/232-1622

For Immediate Release: Sep 2, 2005
Asian gifts displayed in State House

INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2005) ? State gifts that Governor Mitch Daniels received during his recent economic development mission to Asia will be displayed in the State House for the next month.

?Our Asian friends gave many beautiful items of cultural and historical significance to the people of Indiana,? said Governor Daniels. ?These gifts signify the renewal of Indiana?s relationship with Taiwan and Japan, a relationship that will continue to strengthen.?

Working with the Indiana State Museum, the pieces are being displayed outside of the Governor?s Office on the main floor of the State House. The gifts will remain on display through the end of September. Following the public exhibit, they will be placed in areas of the Governor?s Office and residence.

The display includes:

? A handcrafted Nikko Bori box presented by Tomikazu Fukada, Governor of the Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana?s sister-state in Japan. Nikko Bori woodcarving originated in Japan at the same time as the historic Nikko Toshogu Shrine was built (1624-1648).

? A magnificent purple and gold glass vase presented by Taiwanese Governor Kwang-Hua Lin following the ceremony reaffirming Indiana and Taiwan?s sister-state relationship. The vase was handcrafted by renowned Taiwanese artist Chao-chung Hsu. Mr. Hsu has won many international awards for his work.

At the request of the Governor?s Office, the Indiana State Museum will catalogue and preserve these pieces for future generations of Hoosiers to enjoy.

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