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Calligraphy has always been popular in Japan, but some people here are now attracted to an imported, yet equally profound, form of the traditional art: Arabic calligraphy.

Around 70 works by Japanese students of Arabic calligraphy will adorn the walls of Kanack Hall in Yokohama from Oct. 6 till Oct. 11 for the exhibition “Sabaku no Bara” (“Desert Roses”). Most of the pieces feature quotes from the Quran, but others are from Arabic proverbs and citations from Hadith, which are narrations of the words of Prophet Muhammad, said Koichi Yamaoka, secretary general of the Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association.

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