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Peace and Disarmament | Aug 7 2006

Hiroshima Soka Gakkai Remembers Atomic Bomb Victims and War Dead on 61st Anniversary of the Dropping of the A-Bomb

On August 6, Soka Gakkai members in Hiroshima participated in a memorial service at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall in solemn remembrance of victims of the first atomic bombing in humankind's history on their city 61 years ago. Among the participants were A-bomb victims, their families and descendants, and youth ... read more

Education | Aug 6 2006

Teachers College Press to Release Ideas and Action: Enduring Visions of the Philosophy and Practice of Education in Winter, 2007

A book compiling the ideas of some of the twentieth century's most farsighted educational philosophers from diverse cultural and historical perspectives is currently being readied for publication by Columbia University's Teachers College Press in winter 2007. The project, initiated by the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC), explores ... read more

Education | Aug 6 2006

SGI-UK Hosts Third Children's Model United Nations General Assembly at Taplow Court, UK

On July 13, the SGI-UK Taplow Court Grand Culture Center in Berkshire, UK, hosted its third Children's Model United Nations General Assembly. Some 120 students from 12 junior high schools in Slough City participated. Participants broke into groups of three, with each group representing a country, and discussed critical human ... read more

Culture | Aug 6 2006

Seikyo Press Hosts Shinanomachi Neighborhood Association's Bon-odori Dance Festival

On August 4 and 5, the 22nd "Shinanomachi Furusato Bon-odori" summer dance festival was held in the courtyard of the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Several thousand residents, young and old, gathered during the two-day festival to folk dance in their yukata (summer kimonos), partake of delicious summer fare ... read more

Culture | Aug 6 2006

"Joy of Life Culture Festival" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

A magician performs at the festival On August 6, 2006, 1,200 SGI-USA members and friends in the Southeastern Region attended the "Joy of Life Culture Festival" held at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia. The festival consisted of twenty performances organized into four acts: "The Origins of Art," featuring ... read more

Culture | Aug 5 2006

Min-On Founder Commended for Longstanding Contributions to Russo-Japan Cultural Activitiess

On August 4, a Russian delegation comprising Yury Mikhailovich Serebryakov, member of the National Maritime Collegium of Russia (NMCR) and chair of the Primorsky Region's Budget, Tax Policy and Financial Resources Committee; Andrey Chugunov Matveevich, vice director of the NMCR Cultural Agency; and Yury Fedorovich Podzorov, leader of the Russian ... read more

Culture | Aug 4 2006

SGI-Korea Young Women's Division Chorus Wins Silver at International Competition in Amoy, China

The SGI-Korea Young Women's' Division Azure Light Chorus traveled to Amoy, China, to participate in the World Choir Games 2006 from July 15-26. The Azure Light Chorus's impressive performance won it the silver award in two categories--Folk and Women's Choir. With the motto, "Singing together brings nations together," more than ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Aug 3 2006

119th Hiroshima Study Lecture Series--"The War Generation's Pacifism"

On August 2, Hiroshima Soka Gakkai sponsored its 119th Hiroshima Study Lecture at the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Center, inviting former Hiroshima City University President Reiji Fujimoto to speak on "The War Generation's Pacifism." Dr. Fujimoto began his talk saying, "This is the first time for me to speak about my ... read more

Education | Aug 3 2006

Mexican University Hosts Forum on First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Pedagogy

On July 14, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) (Yucatan Autonomous University) hosted a forum titled "Learning from Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Educational Philosophy" attended by 100 educators and students. Using as reference material a collection of theses titled Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Philosophy of Value Creation published by Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University ... read more

Education | Aug 3 2006

Kinmen County, Taiwan, Hosts Exhibitions of Li Chi-Mao's Art and Daisaku Ikeda's Photography, Charity Concert, and Soka Joy Summer Camp

In July, SGI-Taiwan held various events in Kinmen County, Taiwan. At the beginning of the month, SGI-Taiwan Student Division members sponsored a Soka Joy Summer Camp for students at the Guning Elementary School on Kinmen Island. Soka Joy Summer Camp is an SGI-Taiwan Student Division initiative to contribute to children's ... read more

Interfaith | Aug 2 2006

Dialogue Series between Preeminent Theologian Harvey G. Cox Jr. and SGI President to Begin in September Ushio

A dialogue series between leading religious studies expert Harvey G. Cox Jr., Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, USA, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will begin in the September issue of Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine. Titled "Peace and Religion in the 21st Century" (tentative translation), they discuss ... read more

Buddhism | Aug 1 2006

SGI-Serbia Members Gather for Commemorative Meeting

On July 8 and 9, SGI members in Serbia met at their center in Belgrade to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Serbia Chapter (formerly SGI-Yugoslavia). Then, the former Yugoslavia was mired in ethnic conflict, leading to NATO intervention--the bombing of Belgrade and the stationing of a NATO-led ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 31 2006

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Youth Hold Annual Peace Summit

On July 29, Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference (YPC) representatives from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa held their annual youth peace summit at the Hiroshima Peace Center. The respective YPC of each of the three prefectures have collaborated on antiwar publications, video recordings of atomic bombing and war victims' experiences, and ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | Jul 30 2006

Soka Gakkai Women in Chubu and Ishikawa Regions Sponsor Peace Forums

On July 29, Soka Gakkai women in Nagoya City held a peace forum titled "Conveying the Heart of Peace" at the Chubu Ikeda Hall in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Chieko Yonezawa shared her experience as an atomic bomb victim and the importance of cherishing peace. Hiromi Endo and her mother, ... read more

Culture | Jul 27 2006

Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange--Summer 2006

From July 21-27, 2006, 200 Japanese Soka Gakkai youth representatives visited Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin on an exchange visit to promote friendship between China and Japan. In Beijing, on July 25, the delegation met with student representatives of Peking University and held discussions on ways of strengthening Sino-Japanese ties, and the ... read more