The wonderful world of Angora lost a dear friend. Chie Yoshida passed away this morning in Japan.
Chie had been a tireless promoter of English Angora in Japan since she purchased a pair from Betty in the 2003 Wichita convention. The buck was the white junior buck class winner, Chu's Bambino. The doe was a GC white senior doe Chu's Tarika. Chie won shows with them in Japan, and then in 2004 Providence convention, she acquired another GC tort doe Chu's Ashelle from Betty. Chie with Bambino and Ashelle were featured in the Japanese TV program on Fuji TV, the bunnies from the pair was on the cover of the premier rabbit magazine in Japan.
The top photo shows Chie with her favorite rabbit, Chu's Bambino. The second photo shows Chie with Tarika, and the third photo shows Chie with Betty in the Wichita convention in 2003. The fourth photo shows her bunnies being featured in the cover of a premier magazine.
Chie was also a very talented artist who specialized in "Bizenyaki" Japanese style pottery.
Chie and Betty maintained a very close friendship, many others also knew her well by seeing her in the conventions and on video tapes. She sent photos, tapes and published material from Japan showing that the English Angora was well presented by her and her friends. She wanted to go to the Indianapolis convention, but unfortunately she was ill. We are very saddened by her passing. She left behind her husband, her rabbits, and many many friends. She owned a pet supplies business, hopefully it will be continued to operate and that the rabbits will be cared for by her friends.