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Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Held in Yokohama

Yamashita Park

From October 5-14, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photography by the Hato-kai--a group of Soka Gakkai members involved in maritime occupations--was shown at Yamashita Park in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The exhibition included some 80 photographs capturing the ocean’s wild beauty, bustling port scenes and village life, as witnessed by seafarers when at sea and at ports of call.

Maritime work often requires seafarers to spend months or years away from their families and communities. The Hato-kai started as a group of 37 members in August 1971 as a means of providing a network of support in faith.

In the 80s, there was a downturn in the Japanese maritime industry. At that time, Hato-kai members created an exhibition of photography that brought to light a positive view of their work. The first "Beyond the Horizon" exhibition was held in Yokohama in July 1987. Since then, it has been shown more than 1,000 times in 14 countries throughout the world.

[Adapted from an article in the October 6, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]