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Exhibition on Chinese Scholar Jao Tsung-I in Kobe, Japan

Professor Jao (left) and his calligraphic work "Like a Lotus in the Water," which Hiromasa Ikeda (right) accepted on his father's behalf.

On October 2, 2007, "The Paintings and Calligraphy of Jao Tsung-I," an exhibition showcasing the works of Professor Jao Tsung-I, opened at the Soka Gakkai Kansai International Culture Center located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Professor Jao, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and known as the "Leonardo da Vinci of the Orient," is an authority on a wide range of disciplines, including classical and contemporary literature from both the East and the West, Buddhism, Confucianism, archeology and Dunhuang studies. Professor Jao is also a painter, poet and calligrapher. The free exhibition runs through October 28 and is open to the public. Soka Gakkai and the University of Hong Kong are sponsors.

Officiating at the exhibition opening were Dr. Lee Chack Fan, director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole at the University of Hong Kong; Luo Tianguang, Chinese consul-general in Osaka; Toshiaki Miyano, secretary general to the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture; and Tatsuro Yada, mayor of Kobe City. Joining them were 200 guests who viewed some 200 works, including paintings and calligraphy.

Guests at the exhibit opening listen as Professor Jao explains his traditional Chinese style painting

At the opening, Professor Jao presented one of his calligraphic works, "Like a Lotus in the Water," to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda accepted it on his father's behalf.

An ongoing dialogue between Professor Jao and Mr. Ikeda, titled "Journey on the Road of Culture and the Arts," is currently being serialized in Ushio, a Japanese monthly, and Hong Kong Literary, a monthly magazine published in Hong Kong.

[Adapted from an article in the October 3, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]