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When Sadao Watanabe became a Christian as a young man, he decided to devote his artistic talents to making Christ known to the Japanese people. "I owe my life to Christ and the gospel," Watanabe explained. "My way of expressing my gratitude is to witness to my faith through the medium of biblical scenes. I want to use my ideas and talents for the glory of God." Although his technique is derived from a Japanese school of folk art and his figures are similar to early Christian icons, Watanabe's portrayal of biblical scenes is unique.
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