September 5, 2007
"Dialogue with Nature" Photo Exhibition Draws 420,000 Visitors in Indonesia
Mrs. Mufidah, wife of the Indonesian vice president, attends the final showing of "Dialogue with Nature" in Jakarta
On September 5, 2007, the final Indonesian showing of "Dialogue with Nature--An Exhibition of Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda," which has toured 23 cities in Indonesia, concluded in Artha Gading Mall in Jakarta. The show, which opened on August 28, featured some 100 photographs that SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has taken on his travels in Japan and abroad. On September 4, former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid visited the exhibition and spoke at the venue. Stressing the importance of working to preserve nature and referencing the photographs, Mr. Wahid remarked that the destruction of nature would mean the destruction of humanity. He reminisced about his meeting with Mr. Ikeda in 2002 and expressed his resolve to devote himself to the betterment of Indonesia.
Traditional Bali dance
Guests from various sectors attended the closing ceremony including Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, and Toho Cholik Muthohir, representing the Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs Adhyaksa Dault. Mrs. Mufidah, who first saw the exhibition at the Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) Headquarters in Jakarta in May 2007, congratulated everyone on the success of the event. She also commented on how Mr. Ikeda's photographs inspire peace and bridge cultural differences. She stated the photos have the capacity to nurture love for nature and a desire to preserve the natural environment, as well as respect for humanity, all of which are seeds for world peace. Folk dances of Bali and Aceh and a skit by young children were also part of the closing festivities.
Children dressed in animal costumes
Cosponsored by SGI-Indonesia, the National Committee of Indonesian Youth and the Indonesia Photographers' Association, the exhibit's Indonesian tour was seen by some 420,000 people, a new record for visitors to a photography exhibition in Indonesia. Indonesian Record Museum Director Jaya Suprana presented a certificate to SGI Vice President Koe Teng Hong at the closing ceremony. Indonesian Republic Television (TVRI) aired the closing ceremony and photographs from the exhibition.
[Adapted from an article in the September 28, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]