Exhibition of Daisaku Ikeda’s Photography Shown in Penza, Russia
On May 12,
2021, “Dialogue with Nature,” an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs
taken by Daisaku Ikeda in Japan and on his travels abroad, opened at the
Lermontov Penza Regional Library, named for Russian romanticist writer, poet
and artist Mikhail Lermontov, who spent half his life in Penza. Students and
faculty of Penza State Technological University, together with many local
residents, viewed the exhibition on opening day.
inaugural event was held on May 14. Saying the exhibition was a special
opportunity to savor the beauty of nature as well as of the heart, Library Director Marina Osipova expressed
hope that the exhibition tour would help further Russo-Japanese friendship. Academic Secretary Dmitry Murashov
commented that the photos and accompanying poetic verses reflect the feeling of
warmth and respect Mr. Ikeda has toward all life and impart a sense of
assurance and tranquility.
of Moscow, Penza is located in a region known for its natural scenic beauty and
bountiful cultural assets. In a message for the exhibition, Mr. Ikeda remarked
that Penza pulsates with a lifeforce that flows through humans and nature
alike, reflected in the spiritual legacy of literary giants like Lermontov,
Pushkin and Tolstoy, who share a connection to the region. Mr. Ikeda hoped the
exhibition would provide an opportunity for dialogue and reflection that sparks
happiness and peace among people.
Prior to Penza,
the exhibition was also shown in Rostov, Tula and Ryazan, and it is scheduled
to tour other Russian cities during the next several months.
photos, together with his poetry, will be on display at the library foyer
through May 31.
[Adapted from local reports and an article in the May 24, 2021, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Lermontov Penza Regional Library.]