Thank you dbell. I'm glad you loved the turtle. I hope Daiskuke Takahashi loves it also.
I chose it for hm because it had a happy smiling contented look & it reminded me of Daiskuke who is often happy & content with his skating perfomances.
Also the turtle wearing the graduation cap & holding a diploma made me think of Daiskuke when he graduated university.
It has been a pleasure to connect with you via this forum & all becuase of the turtle.
I understand turtles symbolize longevity in Japanese culture.
So long live Daiskuke!!
A picture of Daiskuke holding the turtle in the K'NC & me giving it to him ended up being put on an author's website blog about skating & me.
Also the author interviewed Alena Leonova & she also did a great report about Sk. Can. (Mississauga)
If you are interested in seeing & reading the blogs etc. I will PM the links to you if you PM me.