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March 9, 2021

“Dialogue with Nature” Photography Exhibition in Ryazan, Russia

Visitor viewing photographs at the “Dialogue with Nature” exhibition

On March 9, 2021, “Dialogue with Nature,” an exhibition of photographs by Daisaku Ikeda, opened at the Ryazan Regional Universal Scientific Library named after Maxim Gorky in Ryazan City, Russia. Ryazan, located southeast of the capital, Moscow, is known as a city of culture, home to numerous thinkers such as Nobel Laureate Ivan Pavlov, father of Russian cosmology Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and poet Sergei Yesenin. The library will host the exhibition until April 5, 2021.

The opening ceremony took place online and was attended by Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Ryazan Region Marina Kaurkina, representatives from the library including Library Director Natalya Grishina who shared some celebratory remarks, and Soka Gakkai representatives participating from Tokyo, Japan. In a speech, Vice Minister Kaurkina expressed her pleasure in hosting the exhibition in Ryazan and conveyed her expectations for the exhibition to help deepen mutual understanding between Russia and Japan. A video of visitors viewing the exhibition including Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Ryazan Region Vitaly Popov was also shown during the ceremony.

Mr. Ikeda sent a message to the opening ceremony, in which he quoted words by Tsiolkovsky and Yesenin. He expressed his hope that his photography might help share the timeless, transcendent beauty of nature and contribute to a more sustainable future. He voiced his wish that the exhibition would inspire joy in the hearts of the people in Ryazan.

[Adapted from an article in the March 24, 2021, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan] 

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