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July 14, 2007

Bali, Indonesia, Hosts "Dialogue With Nature" Photo Exhibition

Exhibition in Kuta, a renowned tourist spot

From June 8-14, 2007, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, was shown at Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, drawing 15,000 visitors. Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia), National Committee of Indonesian Youth and the Indonesia Photographers' Association cosponsored the Indonesian tour, which launched in Semarang in March and toured some 21 Indonesian cities such as Jakarta and Surabaya, before coming to Bali, the 22nd city of the tour.

At the Bali showing, Mr. Paulus Pangkah, representing the Museum Rekor-Dunia Indonesia (MURI), presented SGI-Indonesia Chair Peter Nurhan with a certificate officially endorsing the exhibition. This was followed by a congratulatory message from Bali Governor Dewa Made Beratha read by a representative of his office. SGI-Indonesia Chair Nurhan spoke on behalf of the sponsors, expressing appreciation to MURI for the official recognition of Mr. Ikeda's photography. He concluded by affirming that SGI-Indonesia will continue to spread a message of peace through its multi-faceted activities.

"Dialogue With Nature" toured 23 cities in Indonesia from March through July 2007 and drew some 420,000 visitors. From July 7-14, at Manado Town Square in Manado, North Celebes Province, some 63,000 attended the exhibition.

[Adapted from articles in the June 23 and July 29, 2007, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]