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October 5, 2008

Suwon City, South Korea, Hosts "Dialogue with Nature" Exhibition

"Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs taken by Daisaku Ikeda in Japan and during his travels abroad, was held at the Gyeonggi Arts Center in Suwon City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, from September 26 to October 5, 2008. SGI-Korea and Yonhap News Agency cosponsored the event, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Environment, Suwon City, the Federation of Artistic Cultural Organizations of Korea (FACOK), the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and others.

Mr. Ikeda has been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for many years. The "Dialogue with Nature" exhibition has been shown in numerous cities around the world over the past decade and more, supporting Mr. Ikeda's aim of developing avenues of cultural exchange with other nations.

Mr. Ikeda is an honorary member of France's Val de Bievres Photo Club, an overseas member of the Wiener Künstlerhaus (Austrian Artists Association), and an honorary life member of the Singapore Photographic Society.

Among the 120 guests attending the September 26 opening were Suwon Vice Mayor Yeh Chang-Keun, Kyung Hee University Vice President Kim Han-Sang, FACOK President Lee Soung-Rim, Gyeonggi Province Council of the Society for a Better Tomorrow Chair Lee Jae-Mun, and Anseong Provincial Office of Education Director Kim Sun-Il.

State Guest House, Seoul, Korea (May 1998)

State Guest House, Seoul, Korea (May 1998)

Jeju (formerly Cheju) Island (May 1999)

Jeju (formerly Cheju) Island (May 1999)

Kyung Hee University Vice President Kim commented that Mr. Ikeda's initiatives have never failed to open new paths to peace, and that his photographic works, likewise, open the minds and hearts of the viewers, imparting a sense of hope. NGO Environmental Campaign Office Chair and Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University Choi Song-Wha remarked that Mr. Ikeda's photography has a warmth that conveys his philosophy of peace and culture. Suwon Mayor Yong Seo Kim welcomed the showing of the exhibition in Suwon on behalf of its 1.1 million citizens.

Around 70,000 people attended the showing in Suwon, the eighth South Korean city to host the exhibition.

[To view Mr. Ikeda's photographic works, go to Dialogue with Nature > Overview]

[Adapted from an article in the October 6, 2008, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]