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Culture | Dec 19 2006

Indonesian National Youth Council Visits Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On December 19, 2006, Hasanuddin Yusuf, president of the Indonesian National Youth Council (KNPI), the Republic of Indonesia's largest youth organization, and other KNPI officials visited the Seikyo Shimbun Press offices in Shinanomachi, Tokyo to meet with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, General Director Masaaki Masaki, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) ... read more

Culture | Dec 10 2006

China-Japan Friendship Association Delegates and SGI President Discuss Bilateral Friendship

On December 9, 2006, President Song Jian of the China-Japan Friendship Association (CJFA), China, and his party were warmly received by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, and Soka Gakkai youth representatives at Soka Gakkai's Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. In a two-hour discussion, Mr. ... read more

Culture | Nov 28 2006

Min-On Cosponsors 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival

140 international students studying in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the annual festival On November 26, some 140 international students from 23 countries and regions studying at universities and colleges in Kyoto and vicinity participated in the 18th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival at Kyoto Kaikan Hall, Kyoto City. Adorned in ... read more

Culture | Nov 26 2006

Thai-Japan Performing Arts Collaboration in Tokyo Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Thai King's Coronation

On November 25, "A Rainbow of Dance Part 9: A Tale of Two Cities," a blending of traditional Japanese and Thai performing arts, commemorating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, was held at the Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The event was sponsored ... read more

Culture | Nov 20 2006

21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The 21st "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened November 19 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Subtitled "With Courage and Hope Let's Launch a Great Voyage of Peace," the exhibit will show through December 3, 2006. Some 80 drawings and paintings selected from among ... read more

Culture | Nov 18 2006

SGI-Dominican Republic Combined Band Wins Silver Prize in National Competition

On November 18, 2006, the SGI-Dominican Republic Brass Band and Fife-and-Drum Corps combined to participate in the "2nd Youth Musical Band Festival" in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital. Competing with bands from throughout the country, the SGI-Dominican Republic group won the silver prize in the "Junior and Senior High School" ... read more

Culture | Nov 10 2006

Daisaku Ikeda Photo Exhibition Opens in Moscow, Russia

On November 8, "My Universe (Moya Vselennaya)," an exhibition of some 180 nature and scenic photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, opened at the Central House of Artists in Moscow, Russia. The exhibition, scheduled for November 8-21, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Russo-Japan diplomatic relations. Aleksander ... read more

Culture | Oct 27 2006

Seafarers' Photography Exhibition Opens in Tianjin, China

"Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the "Hato-kai," a group of SGI men's and young men's division members involved in maritime occupations, opened at the Tianjin University of Technology (TJUT) in Tianjin, China. The exhibition, shown from October 23 through 25, was cosponsored by TJUT, Tianjin Institute ... read more

Culture | Oct 8 2006

Beijing Normal University Names Daisaku Ikeda Honorary Professor

On October 7, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts to promote peace through dialogue, citizen diplomacy and cross-Cultural Activities. Established in 1902, Beijing Normal University is ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2006

Music Festival Celebrates SGI-Hong Kong's 45th Anniversary

On September 16 and 17, SGI-Hong Kong No. 1 Headquarters hosted a music festival at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center, commemorating SGI-Hong Kong's 45th anniversary. A total of 3,000 guests enjoyed the multi-cultural show that included a Chinese lion dance, kung-fu, ethnic dances, a musical number, contemporary dances, opera and ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2006

SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

On September 9, 2006, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center (Villa Sachsen) opened its doors to the public in celebration of Heritage Day (Sept. 14). SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra serenaded the 2,000 local residents attending with well-loved classics. The audience was also treated to a guitar solo by a renowned ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2006

Finnish Artist's "Four Seasons" Exhibition in Malaysia

The artwork of Lasse Kempas, a contemporary Finnish painter working in watercolor and gouache whose subject is nature and the changing seasons, was exhibited in Malaysia from September 24 to October 1, 2006. The Embassy of Finland and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized the exhibition, which has also toured Singapore ... read more

Culture | Sep 30 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Discuss Sino-Japanese Friendship

On September 29, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi, accompanied by Councilor Xiong Bo and First Secretary Yang Yu, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka International Friendship Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The day happened to be the 34th anniversary ... read more

Culture | Sep 24 2006

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps and Brass Bands Participate in Independence Day Parades

SGI-Brazil's young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Bands and young women's Nova Era (New Era) Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in 20 Independence Day events throughout the country on September 7 in the cities of Riberão Preto, Belem, Manaus, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, among others. At the attraction held at the Samba Stadium ... read more

Culture | Sep 17 2006

Chinese Literary Association Honors SGI President

The Chaozhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Chaozhou City, China, presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with its Literature and Arts Contribution Award for his efforts to strengthen world peace and Sino-Japanese friendship and his contributions to the advancement of culture and education in Chaozhou. On September 16, Chaozhou ... read more

Culture | Sep 12 2006

SGI-USA Members in New Orleans, Louisiana, "Come Together" for Music Festival One Year After Hurricane Katrina

One year has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in southern United States and destroyed huge areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Alabama. Amidst the arduous road to revitalization and restoration that still continues today, SGI-USA members in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, held a music festival titled ... read more

Culture | Sep 4 2006

Argentina's National Tango Academy Honors Min-On Founder

La Academia Nacional del Tango (LANT) (The National Tango Academy) of Argentina recently honored Min-On Concert Association founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda by naming him the academy's first honorary ambassador. The conferral ceremony took place on August 29 at the LANT facility in Buenos Aires. Some 100 SGI-Argentina members ... read more

Culture | Sep 3 2006

China International Cultural Activities Center Delegates Visit Soka Gakkai International Women's Center

On September 2, China International Cultural Activities Center representatives, Vice President Lin Liyun, her husband Peng Tengyun, and directors Wu Qixiang and Xi Jianglin, visited the Soka Gakkai International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Ms. Lin Liyun served as interpreter during a December 1974 meeting between Premier Zhu ... read more

Culture | Sep 3 2006

Napoleon Exhibition Comes to Chiba

On September 2, "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture," an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), opened at Chiba Portside Tower in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. Some 120 guests from various sectors attended. Yasuhide Akada, president of the Chiba Nippo Press Corporation, Ltd., and ... read more

Culture | Sep 2 2006

Singapore Soka Association Participates in 41st National Day Celebrations

On August 9, 2006, some 1,300 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) representatives participated in Singapore's 41st National Day extravaganza at the National Stadium. Singapore's top government officials, including President S. R. Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, joined 60,000 residents at the main event. Some 1,200 SSA men and young ... read more

Culture | Sep 1 2006

Special Mozart Exhibition to Open at the Min-On Music Museum

Beginning August 15, the Min-On Music Museum will feature a special autumn exhibition titled "A Mozart Journey--Mozart Exhibition from the Collection of Bin Ebisawa." The exhibition, sponsored by the Min-On Music Museum and Japan Mozart Research Institute, commemorates the 250th birth anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). The exhibition presents ... read more

Culture | Sep 1 2006

Student Division Sponsors Lecture on Strengthening Sino-Japan Relations through People's Exchanges

On August 31, the Soka Gakkai Student Division sponsored its fourth lecture in a series at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, commemorating Student Division Day. Ryutsu Keizai University Professor Mineo Miyawaki emphasized the importance of "Building Bridges of Sino-Japan Friendship through People's Exchanges." He pointed to ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2006

Min-On Sponsors Free School Concert for Students in Hokkaido

On August 30, the Min-On Concert Association sponsored a free concert--a duet by renowned flutist Yoko Owada and pianist Kenji Koshizuka at the Oasa Junior High School in Ebetsu City, Hokkaido. The pair performed timeless classics such as Claude Achille Debussy's (1862-1918) "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" and Antonin ... read more

Culture | Aug 29 2006

"Treasures of Japanese Art Exhibition" Opens in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil

On August 24, the "Treasures of Japanese Art Exhibition," a display from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum's (TFAM) private collection, opened at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Paraná State, Brazil. Paraná Governor Roberto Requião and State Secretary of Culture Vera Maria Haj Mussi Augusto were among the 300 guests ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2006

SGI-USA Presents Festival of African Culture at Friendship Center in Los Angeles, California, USA

Performers at the Festival of African Cultures in Los Angeles On August 13, 2006, a Festival of African Culture took place at the SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center, with more than 1,000 attending. The event's theme, "Rites of Passage," focused on strengthening trust, appreciation, character, socialization and dedication to the community. ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2006

SGI-Korea Fife-and-Drum Corps Participates in International Festival

The SGI-Korea young women's Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps performed in the 5th "Gangneung Youth Performing Arts Festival" from July 27-30, in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea. Their dynamic performance, combined with graceful and intricate marching formations, drew approving applause from the audience. The festival brings together performing arts groups from ... 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

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

Culture | Jul 23 2006

Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation Visit Shanghai City Hall

On July 21, Soka Gakkai Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa, together with representatives of the Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation, visited the Shanghai City Hall and met with Vice Mayor Yang Xiaodu. Mr. Yang called SGI President Daisaku Ikeda China's "old friend" and said there was much to learn from ... read more

Culture | Jun 28 2006

Authority on Napoleonic History Lectures at Victor Hugo House of Literature

On June 18, SGI-France hosted a lecture by Bernard Petit, former president of the Association du Souvenir Napoléonien and authority on Napoleonic history, at the Victor Hugo House of Literature in Bièvres, a suburb of Paris, France. Dr. Petit spoke on Victor Hugo and Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III), whose lives ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2006

Malaysia Soka Gakkai Sponsors Charity Music Festival

From June 9-11, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a Peace Charity Culture Festival commemorating the 18th anniversary of Ipoh City Day at the Stadim Indera Mulia in Ipoh, Malaysia. With an idea to promote culture in the community and create a harmonious society, the audience was treated to a spectacular ... read more

Culture | Jun 14 2006

SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Art Exhibition and Lecture

On June 8, an exhibition of Chinese paintings by Su Dongtian opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. Mr. Su is professor emeritus at Shenzhen University of China and renowned for his masterpieces depicting plum blossoms. The event was sponsored by SGI-Hong Kong and supported by the ... read more

Culture | Jun 8 2006

China's National Peking Opera Theatre Launches Japan Tour

China's National Peking Opera Theatre launched its 2006 Japan tour at the Kanagawa Prefectual Civic Hall on June 6, performing famous scenes from "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Most of the scenes center around Zhuge Liang (181 - 234 A.D.), the most popular statesman and strategic general in Chinese history. ... read more

Culture | Jun 2 2006

Special Photography Exhibition Commemorates 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adjulyadej of Thailand; Thai Culture Ministry Commends Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda

On June 1, "Light-Shadow, Under His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign: the Thai Tradition," a special photography exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, opened at the Soka Gakkai Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Tokyo. Some 130 guests attended the ... read more

Culture | May 25 2006

Soka Gakkai Delegates Attend Jiangsu-Japan People's Friendship Exchange Week Opening Celebrations

On May 22, Soka Gakkai delegates attended the opening for Jiangsu-Japan People's Friendship Exchange Week celebrations at the China-Japan Friendship Hall in Nanjing City, at the invitation of the Jiangsu People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Jiangsu Provincial Governor Liang Baohua warmly welcomed Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa ... read more

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

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

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

Culture | Apr 25 2006

US-Japan Friendship for Peace Festival in Southern California

On April 16, SGI-USA hosted the "2006 US-Japan Friendship for Peace" festival at the SGI World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. Begun in 2005 to promote amity between the people of USA and Japan by the SGI-USA Southern California Japanese Language Group, this year's event drew over 2,000 ... read more