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September 6, 2021

Kirov City, Russia, Hosts “Dialogue with Nature” Photo Exhibition

Dialogue with Nature, exhibition of Daisaku Ikeda’s photos, in KIrov
Visitors to the “Dialogue with Nature” photo exhibition in Kirov.

“Dialogue with Nature,” an exhibition of photographs by Daisaku Ikeda, opened at the Kirov State Regional Universal Scientific Library in Russia on August 23, 2021.

The opening ceremony was held online and participants included President of the International Association of Children’s Funds in Russia Albert Likhanov, Kirov Region Government Chair Alexander Churin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Japan Mikhail Galuzin and Kirov City Mayor Elena Kovaleva.

Ambassador Galuzin participates online in the Dialogue with Nature photo exhibition opening in Kirov
Ambassador Galuzin participates online

Located 900 kilometers northeast of Moscow, Kirov is known as a city of science and culture and is hometown to notable figures such as rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who pioneered astronautic theory, and artist Viktor Vasnetsov.

Ambassador Galuzin appreciated Mr. Ikeda’s promotion of exchanges between the people of the two countries, remarking that the photo exhibition would be an opportunity to generate understanding for Mr. Ikeda’s ideals for peace.

Attendees at the Dialogue with Nature photo exhibition in KIrov
Mr. Likhanov (2nd from right); Mr. Churin (3rd from right); Kirov Minister of Culture Tatyana Mazur (left); Kirov Mayor Elena Kovaleva (2nd from left)

The event also included the launch of the reprinting of the Russian edition of the dialogue between Mr. Likhanov and Mr. Ikeda. Mr. Likhanov, who is a native of Kirov, met Mr. Ikeda in 1995 and later collaborated on a published dialogue titled “The Path to the Land of Children” (working English title). In his address, Mr. Likhanov said, “Mr. Ikeda’s photographs exemplify the words of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, ‘Beauty will save the world’” and remarked that a beautiful heart that cherishes life is the key to realizing the peace sought by all humanity.

The event was featured in several local media. Kirov will host the exhibition until September 15.

View a video of the exhibition in Kirov:

 [Adapted from an article in the September 6, 2021, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Kirov State Regional Universal Scientific Library.]

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