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Culture | Dec 16 2007

Min-On Cosponsors Annual Foreign Students Music Festival in Kyoto and Osaka

On November 18, 2007, the 19th Kyoto Foreign Students Music Festival was held at Kyoto Kaikan Hall in Kyoto City. Clad in beautiful national costumes some 133 foreign students from 20 countries studying in Kyoto performed dances and music of their respective cultures. This annual festival for foreign students, cosponsored ... read more

Culture | Dec 16 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and Soka Gran Esperanza Flag Corps Win National Contest

On December 16, 2007, five Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 35th national All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, sponsored by Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association (JMBA) at the Saitama Super Arena. ... read more

Culture | Nov 22 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and the Croatian Embassy Cosponsor Croatian Music

On November 22, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Grand Culture Center (Wisma Kebudayaan), in Kuala Lumpur, was the venue for a Croatian music show starring tenor Giannni Stipanicev and soprano Barbara Othman along with the Croatian Radio and Television Tamburitza Orchestra. The audience was treated to classical, folk ... read more

Culture | Oct 31 2007

SGI-Korea Men's Traditional Music Group Performs at Korean Music Festival

On October 23, 2007, Taegeuk Chitadae, SGI-Korea men's music group, specializing in traditional Korean music, participated in the 27th Korean Traditional Music Festival, at the Yeakdang Hall in the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (NCKTPA) in Seoul. The 71 members of Taegeuk Chitadae performed at the festival's opening. ... read more

Culture | Oct 23 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Brass Band Holds Music Fest

On October 23, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) brass band held two concerts at the SGT Thonburi Culture Center in Bangkok. Some 1,500 guests were treated to dynamic presentations of "Song of Comrades," "A Star Falls in the Autumn Wind on Wuchang Plain," (about the death of the great ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI Members in Scotland Stage "The Lotus and Thistle"

The event commenced with the MC, wearing full Highland dress, welcoming everyone. SGI-UK General Director Robert Samuels then read a congratulatory message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, which was followed by a rousing performance of "Let's All Work Together" by the band. The two-part show began with a "journey" mapping the ... read more

Culture | Oct 21 2007

SGI President Meets All-China Youth Federation Delegates

On October 21, 2007, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife Kaneko Ikeda met with a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) at the Soka University (SU) campus in Hachioji, Tokyo. The delegation was visiting Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai youth division as part of an ... read more

Culture | Oct 19 2007

Min-On Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Friendship

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. To mark the occasion, the Min-On Concert Association is sponsoring a Japan tour by artists from the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Titled "Legends of the Dragon and the Phoenix," the production includes 114 performances ... read more

Culture | Oct 14 2007

SGI-USA West Territory Youth Festival Celebrates Lives of "Unstoppable" Heroes

On October 14, 2007, more than 500 youth participated in the SGI-USA West Territory Youth Culture Festival, "Unstoppable--A Life of Victory," at the Vic Lopez Theater in Whittier, California. The festival--an original production presented twice before an audience of 4,000--celebrated the lives of five peace heroes whose efforts have illuminated the ... read more

Culture | Oct 9 2007

All-China Women's Federation Delegates Pay Homage to A-Bomb Victims in Hiroshima

On October 9, 2007, a delegation from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), led by secretariat member Wang Naikun, visited Hiroshima. The group is in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Women's Division in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations. Following a guided ... read more

Culture | Oct 3 2007

Soka Gakkai Thailand Commended by Thailand's Ministry of Culture

On October 3, 2007, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand commended Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) in recognition of their longstanding contributions to cultural enhancement. At the conferral ceremony held in Bangkok, Deputy Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat read the citation and Culture Minister Khunying Khaisri Sriaroon presented a ... read more

Culture | Oct 2 2007

Exhibition on Chinese Scholar Jao Tsung-I in Kobe, Japan

On October 2, 2007, "The Paintings and Calligraphy of Jao Tsung-I," an exhibition showcasing the works of Professor Jao Tsung-I, opened at the Soka Gakkai Kansai International Culture Center located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Professor Jao, professor emeritus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and known as ... read more

Culture | Sep 27 2007

Annniversary of China-Japan Normalization Commemorated in Beijing

A Soka Gakkai delegation, led by Toshiyuki Mitsugi, senior advisor, attended the festivities, together with some 600 representatives from the two countries. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Lu Yongxiang, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Guixian, ... read more

Culture | Sep 9 2007

Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins Japan Cup Competition

On September 9, 2007, the Soka Renaissance Vanguard won top honors for the fourth time in the Japan Cup Marching Band and Baton Twirling National Competition. The band, with a performance titled "Tribal," also received the Tokyo Governor's Trophy as a reward for winning the senior division of the drum-and-bugle-corps ... read more

Culture | Aug 31 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Joins in Celebrations for Malaysia's Golden Jubilee

On August 31, 2007, Malaysia commemorated its 50th anniversary of independence. Golden jubilee celebrations were held throughout the country leading up to the anniversary. Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members participated in an event at Stadium Merdeka (Independence) in Kuala Lumpur. The national gala, highlighting the different eras of Malaysia's ... read more

Culture | Aug 25 2007

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Supports Japan Tours of Russian and Impressionist Art

The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo, has been supporting the Japan tours of two exhibitions: "Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum from Late 18th Century to Early 20th Century," and "Impressionism and its Origins." The exhibition of Russian masterpieces opened on August 25, 2007, at the 21st ... read more

Culture | Aug 19 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Charity Culture Festival Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Independence

On August 18 and 19, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members in the state of Negeri Sembilan organized a charity culture festival at Stadium Tertutup Nilai, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Malaysia's independence, Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's declaration calling ... read more

Culture | Aug 17 2007

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

On August 16 and 17, 2007, the Victoria Marching Band, part of the SGI-Korea Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, performed at the renowned Jeju International Wind Music Festival on Jeju (Cheju) Island in South Korea. The 12th annual festival showcased 47 bands and orchestras from 12 countries, with 2,600 participants. The festival ... read more

Culture | Aug 16 2007

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Madagascar Artists

The fifth installment of the Min-On Concert Association's "A Musical Voyage Across Africa," launched 1999, will feature the music and dance of the Republic of Madagascar, a colorful, exotic island country off the southeastern coast of Africa. The tour, which kicked off in mid-August 2007, will take the Madagascar artists ... read more

Culture | Aug 11 2007

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum to Open New Wing in 2008

Artist's rendering of TFAM's new wing Construction is underway on a new main wing for the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo, with completion scheduled for May 2008 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding. The new addition will be three stories high and will stand adjacent ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2007

Singapore National Day Parade Celebrations Include 1,500 SSA Members

On August 9, 2007, Singapore commemorated its 42nd National Day with "Celebrate Singapore: City of Possibilities," a spectacular evening show held at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium, the world's largest floating stage. Some 1,500 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members performed in the gala celebrations at the invitation of the Singaporean ... read more

Culture | Aug 8 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in Kuching City Day Parade

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members, together with 42 other units, helped kick off the 19th Kuching City Day month-long celebrations that began with a grand parade on August 4, 2007, in Kuching, Sarawak State. Some 100 local SGM members participated in the event at the invitation of Kuching City. ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Boys and Girls Stage "Cherry Tree the Musical" in Selangor State

On July 22, 28 and 29, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor Branch hosted "Cherry Tree the Musical" performed by 200 boys and girls at the SGM Selangor Culture Centre in Klang. Around 2,700 attended, including friends and family, as well as Selangor State Executive Councillor Kamala Ganapathy, Klang Municipal ... read more

Culture | Jul 29 2007

SGI-USA New York Zone Southeast Asia Festival Opens Gateway to Peace in the Community

"Cultural Activities transcends differences in nationality and social systems. It awakens deep human emotions which then spread outward to touch the hearts and minds of others." So said SGI-USA Filipino Group National Coordinator Maria Feingold at SGI-USA New York Zone's first Southeast Asia Festival on July 29, 2007. More than ... read more

Culture | Jul 27 2007

Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japan Relations

On July 27, 2007, the Soka Gakkai Kansai 21st Century Symphony Orchestra held a concert commemorating the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese bilateral relations at the Osaka Central Public Hall in Nakanoshima and the 50th anniversary of a historic Soka Gakkai gathering held in the same hall on ... read more

Culture | Jul 12 2007

Russian Children's Dance Troupe and Folk Ensemble Participate in Min-On's Free School Concerts

From July 5-12, 2007, the Russian Dance Theater "Ozorniki" and Folk Ensemble "Galaktika" combined for a ten-concert tour of Hyogo, Osaka, Nagano, Niigata and Ishikawa Prefectures in Japan at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. During their tour, Ozorniki & Galaktika visited two schools as a part of Min-On's ... read more

Culture | Jun 30 2007

SGI-Germany Sponsors International Children's Art Exhibition

From June 1-30, 2007, SGI-Germany sponsored the SGI's "World Boys and Girls Art Exhibition" at Mörfelden-Walldorf City Hall in western Germany. The first floor displayed 89 drawings and paintings by schoolchildren from nearby kindergartens and schools, while the second floor displayed 60 works by children from around the world. Related ... read more

Culture | Jun 23 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Women's Chorus Performs at Tenth Anniversary Celebration

On June 23, 2007, the SGI-Hong Kong women's Bai Lan (white orchid) Chorus performed during a tenth anniversary celebration of Hong Kong's reversion to China (July 1, 1997). Donald Tsang, chief executive of Hong Kong, was one of the official guests at the event held at the Hong Kong Coliseum. ... read more

Culture | Jun 17 2007

SGI-New Zealand's Brass Band and the Manukau City Concert Band Hold Joint Concert

On June 17, 2007, SGI-New Zealand's Victorious March Brass Band collaborated with New Zealand's renowned Manukau City Concert Band for a concert at the SGI-New Zealand Culture Center in Auckland. Around 350 residents and local SGI members attended the fourth annual concert for Victorious March, now in its seventh year. ... read more

Culture | Jun 2 2007

Charity Cultural Extravaganza in Terengganu, Malaysia

On June 1-2, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Terengganu Branch and the Terengganu State Department of Culture, Arts and Heritage cosponsored a charity show, titled "Malam Budidaya 2007," at Auditorium Taman Budaya Negeri Terengganu-Kuala Ibai. Malam Budidaya, showcasing ethnic dances highlighting the rich cultural diversity of Malaysian society, also commemorated ... read more

Culture | Jun 1 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Cosponsors Exhibition of Works by Zhejiang Province Artists

On June 1, 2007, an exhibition featuring 80 paintings of landscapes, flowers and birds by master painters of Zhejiang Province, China, opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event was cosponsored by the Zhejiang People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Zhejiang Provincial Federation of Literature and Art and ... read more

Culture | May 20 2007

Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Celebrates Eighth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument

On May 20, 2007, Soka Gakkai members in Shima, Fukuoka Prefecture, commemorated the eighth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument that was unveiled on May 15, 1999, at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center. Local Soka Gakkai members and Korean residents gathered to celebrate. Representatives introduced the history of the ... read more

Culture | May 17 2007

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Cosponsors Exhibition of Works by Guangxi Artists

From May 13-17, 2007, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) sponsored "The Malaysia-Guangxi Cultural Vessel--The Lijiang Painting Style Fine Arts Exhibition 2007" at the Wisma Kebudayaan SGM Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The exhibition, part of SGM's longstanding collaboration with cultural organizations and agencies to promote the arts and culture of Malaysia ... read more

Culture | May 3 2007

SGI-HK Cosponsors Exhibition on Lu Xun in Hong Kong and Macau

The "Who is Lu Xun?" exhibition showcasing the life and works of the Chinese writer, Lu Xun, was shown at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center from February 4 to 25, 2007. The exhibition was jointly sponsored by Shanghai Lu Xun Culture Development Center, Shaoxing Residents' Association of Hong Kong and ... read more

Culture | Apr 30 2007

30,000 Participate in Youth Friendship Music Festivals in Thailand

From February through April 2007, SGI-Thailand hosted Youth Friendship Music Festivals at 27 venues throughout Thailand that rallied some 30,000 participants. The youth division took initiative for planning and carrying out the festivals with support from the men's and women's divisions. The shows included gymnastic feats, traditional Thai dances and ... read more

Culture | Apr 22 2007

SGI-Hong Kong Participates in Celebrations for Tenth Anniversary of Repatriation

July 1, 2007 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's establishment as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the return of sovereignty to China. SGI-Hong Kong members have been participating in celebratory events taking place in Hong Kong. The Cosmic Brass Band and Bauhinia Fife-and-Drum Corps marched in ... read more

Culture | Apr 12 2007

Chinese Premier Meets with SGI President

TOKYO: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the New Otani Hotel for 30 minutes in the afternoon of April 12, 2007. Mr. Wen was accompanied by a party of eleven including Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi. Soka Gakkai President ... read more

Culture | Mar 25 2007

Spring Festival in San Francisco Showcases Cultural Diversity

On March 25, 2007, SGI-USA members and guests in northern California were treated to a Spring Festival that included songs and dances from 11 different cultural traditions along with American rock and roll standards and hip hop dancing. The annual event began a number of years ago as a Chinese ... read more

Culture | Mar 18 2007

SGI Taiwan Cultural Foundation Sponsors Four-City Tour in Taiwan of World Class Tango Musicians and Dancers

From March 9 to March 18, 2007, the Taiwan cities of Keelung, Chungli, Taichung, and Kaohsiung were venues for the world-acclaimed Argentine tango maestra Erica Di Salvo, her orchestra and world acclaimed tango artists "Diane & Carlos," "Gisela & Gasper," and "Soledad & Sergio." The Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, ... read more

Culture | Feb 28 2007

Mongolian President and SGI President Meet in Tokyo

On February 28, 2007, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda met with President Nambaryn Enkhbayar of Mongolia, who was in Japan on an official visit. Their wide-ranging discussions included their shared aspirations for Asia's future and for increased cultural and educational exchanges between Mongolia and Japan. Mr. Ikeda welcomed the Mongolian president to ... read more

Culture | Feb 16 2007

University of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cohosts "Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition

From February 16 to March 28, 2007, the University of Guadalajara (UDG), Mexico, is cosponsoring "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" together with SGI-Mexico at the University's art museum, the Casa Vallarta Cultural Center. Guadalajara is the fifth Mexican city to serve as a venue for this exhibition of ... read more

Culture | Jan 14 2007

Soka Gran Esperanza Color Guard and Soka Kagoshima Southern Blaze Win Top Honors in National Competition

Soka Gakkai bands and groups competed in the 34th All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Competition, held at the Nihon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on January 13 and 14, 2007. Gran Esperanza flag corps Soka Kagoshima Southern Blaze Competing on January 13, the Fuji Fife-and-Drum Corps' Soka Gran Esperanza flag ... read more

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