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Culture | May 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum

On May 22, Soka Gakkai Nanjing Delegation visited the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre and received a personal tour from museum curator Zhu Chengshan. Words of former premiers Zhou Enlai and Jiang Zeming, "Don't forget the past for it is a lesson for the future" and ... read more

Culture | May 25 2006

Nanjing Arts Institute Honors SGI President

During Jiangsu-Japan People's Friendship Exchange Week, Nanjing Arts Institute (NAI), with a time-honored history spanning 94 years, presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with an honorary professorship, the first conferred upon a foreigner. The conferral took place May 22 at the institute's small theater. NAI President Feng Jianqin affirmed that despite ... read more

Culture | May 23 2006

Special Thai Photography Exhibition Commemorates His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign

On June 1, "Light-Shadow, Under His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign: the Thai Tradition," a special photography exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, opens at the Soka Gakkai Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Tokyo. The exhibition, which also ... read more

Sustainable Development | May 21 2006

"Dialogue with Nature" Opens at New Soka Gakkai Indonesia Center

On May 14, "Dialogue with Nature--An Exhibition of Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda," featuring some 100 photographs the SGI leader has taken on his travels in Japan and abroad, opened at the new Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. The show has also toured Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Surybaya cities. ... read more

Buddhism | May 20 2006

Soka Gakkai Indonesia Opens New Headquarters Building; SGI President Commended by Indonesia University of Education and Indonesian Photographers' Association

On May 14, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members gathered for the long-awaited opening of their new headquarters building in Jakarta, Indonesia, attended by guests from various sectors of Indonesian society, including Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, and President Hasanuddin Yusuf of the Indonesia ... read more

Peace and Disarmament | May 16 2006

Over 20,000 Visit "Women and the Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Kagoshima Prefecture

The Soka Gakkai's "Women and the Culture of Peace" exhibition, which opened on May 10, 2006 at the Soka Gakkai Kagoshoma Culture Center in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, is receiving favorable responses. Over 20,000 visited in the first six days. Created by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee and the ... read more

Buddhism | May 12 2006

Soka Gakkai Women Launch 55th Anniversary Meetings

Soka Gakkai women have launched meetings celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Women's Division (WD) on June 10. This year, members will meet mostly in small groups. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda thanked the women for their dedicated efforts and encouraged them to spend ... read more

Buddhism | May 11 2006

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3 Soka Gakkai Day

SGI members throughout the world celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, in their respective locales. On May 3, "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace," an exhibition introducing the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, opened ... read more

Buddhism | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Music Groups Participate in Local Parades Nationwide During Golden Week

Okayama Rainbow Sounds marches in Kurashiki City (May 3, 2006) Combined Hiroshima band parades in Hiroshima City (May 3, 2006) Throughout the "Golden Week" holidays, Soka Gakkai marching bands and fife-and-drum corps participated in various local events and parades. Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Music Band, the Soka Okayama Rainbow Sounds and the ... read more

Education | May 10 2006

Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference Hosts Lecture by Bestselling Author Kayoko Ikeda

On the evening of May 9, 2006, some 150 youth attended a lecture by writer and translator of German literature Kayoko Ikeda, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Soka Gakkai Youth Peace Conference hosted the event as a part of its youth lecture series. Ms. Ikeda ... read more

Culture | May 2 2006

World Poet Laureates' Monument Unveiled at SGI-Korea's Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center

On April 30, SGI-Korea representatives gathered at their Korea-Japan Friendship Training Center in Jeju Island, South Korea, commemorating May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. On the occasion, a stone monument of world poet laureates, inscribed with a quote from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem presented to SGI-Korea members, was unveiled. Bronze ... read more

Buddhism | Apr 30 2006

5,000 Soka Gakkai Youth Rally in Tokyo

On April 29, some 5,000 Soka Gakkai youth representatives gathered from throughout Tokyo, Tokaido and Kanto regions for a rally at Soka University's main auditorium in Hachioji Tokyo. The event commemorated the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai young men's division (YMD) and young women's division (YWD). ... read more

Sustainable Development | Apr 30 2006

SGI-USA Denver Members Celebrate 18th Annual Cherry Tree Planting

On April 23, 2006, SGI-USA members in Denver, Colorado, USA, celebrated their 18th annual cherry tree planting. Some 250 members planted 65 new trees in Washington Park and a local city park. SGI-USA Denver members inaugurated the tradition in March 1989, to commemorate the opening of their Denver Culture Center, ... read more

Culture | Apr 28 2006

Anson Chan, Former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Receives Honorary Doctorate from Soka University and Speaks on "Women in the 21st Century"

On April 27, Ms. Anson Chan, former chief secretary for administration in Hong Kong, received an honorary doctorate from Soka University. Ms. Chan was head of Hong Kong's civil service, from 1993 to 2001, before and after the territory's handover to the People's Republic of China from British colonial rule. ... read more

Culture | Apr 25 2006

Egyptian Ambassador Visits Soka Gakkai

His Excellency Hisham Badr, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan, visited Soka Gakkai headquarters on April 24 and met with Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda. He expressed appreciation for SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Cairo, Egypt in 1992 and his meeting with President Hosni Mubarak that ... read more