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Culture | Dec 10 2009

Min-On Concert Association Cosponsors Folk Dance Concert

On December 10, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association cosponsored the 2009 Mekong-Japan folk dance concert hosted by the Japan Asia Fine Arts Association. The event was held at the Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Dance companies from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam performed traditional court and folk dances, as ... read more

Culture | Oct 18 2009

Soka Gakkai Orchestras Win Gold Medals at All-Japan Band Competition

On October 18, 2009, two Soka Gakkai Brass Band music groups entered the "Company and Community Bands" section at the 57th All-Japan Band Competition, held at the Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Japan. The Soka Gakkai Kansai Wind Orchestra from the Kansai region won a gold medal for the twelfth ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2009

China National Peking Opera Company Commences Japan Tour

On October 7, 2009, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) launched its third Japan tour at Aichi Prefecture Performing Arts Theater located in Nagoya. Organized by the Min-On Concert Association, CNPOC will perform its new production ... read more

Culture | Oct 2 2009

Soka Gakkai Thailand Commended for Cultural Contributions

On October 2, 2009, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) was commended by the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand for their longstanding contributions to cultural enhancement and the arts. SGT received a plaque and certificate at the ceremony which commemorated the 7th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps Celebrates 45th Anniversary

On September 26, 2009, the SGI-Bolivia Fife-and-Drum Corps held a festival commemorating the 45th anniversary of its establishment. Formed in 1964, the Fife-and-Drum Corps began with 17 members and has now grown to a membership of 200. The music corps performs at events and ceremonies throughout Bolivia and South ... read more

Culture | Sep 26 2009

Children's Art Exhibitions Open in Brazil and Mongolia

On September 1, 2009, the SGI-Brazil sponsored "Boys and Girls Art Exhibition," featuring art by children from Brazil and around the world, opened at the Victor Brecheret Convention Center in Atibaia, São Paulo State, Brazil. The exhibition ran through September 26. Among those attending the opening was Atibaia's Vice Mayor ... read more

Culture | Sep 13 2009

Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Haitian Music Group

On August 20, 2009, the Min-On Concert Association hosted a concert by the Haitian group the Mini All Stars at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan, as part of its new concert series "The Caribbean Musical Cruise." This was the first Japan tour by the group. The ... read more

Culture | Sep 10 2009

"Beyond the Horizon" Photo Exhibition Held in Accra, Ghana

From September 7-10, 2009, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hato-kai, a group of Soka Gakkai members working on ocean-going vessels, was shown at the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Accra, Ghana. RMU is a specialized organ of the Maritime Organization of West and Central ... read more

Culture | Aug 15 2009

SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Symphony of Humanism Holds Concert in Araraquara

On August 15, 2009, SGI-Brazil's Ikeda Symphony of Humanism held a concert celebrating the 192nd anniversary of incorporation for the city of Araraquara at the Mayor Benedito de Oliveira amphitheatre in Araraquara, in southeast Brazil. The 75 symphony orchestra members performed 10 compositions, followed by an encore and a ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2009

Singapore Soka Association Participates in 44th National Day Parade

On August 9, 2009, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members participated in the country's annual National Day Parade, commemorating the 44th year of Singapore's independence. Approximately 680 SSA women members took part in the event. The parade was broadcast live throughout the country and watched by millions. Performances included digital projections, ... read more

Culture | Jul 26 2009

SGI-USA Holds Summer Festival in Chicago, Illinois

On July 26, 2009, SGI-USA members from in and around Chicago, Illinois, held a summer festival; more than 2,000 attended. SGI-USA Women's Leader Linda Johnson opened the event with introductory remarks and an explanation of Nichiren Buddhism. The festival included live music from twelve groups that showcased their diverse talents, ... read more

Culture | Jul 10 2009

SGI-Korea Choirs Win Awards at International Competition

From July 8-10, 2009, the World Choir Championships took place in Gyeongnam, South Korea. The INTERKULTUR Foundation and South Korea's Gyeongnam Province organized the event, in which 193 groups from 29 countries and territories participated. SGI-Korea Boys' and Girls' Sunrise Chorus received a silver diploma in the children's choir category. ... read more

Culture | Jul 5 2009

SGI Organizations in Hong Kong and Malaysia Hold Art Exhibitions

On June 5, 2009, the exhibition "Works by Masters of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from Guangzhou" opened at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center. The event, cohosted by SGI-Hong Kong, the Guangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, featured the paintings ... read more

Culture | Jun 27 2009

SGI-USA Hosts Southeast Asia Festival in Los Angeles, California

The occasion was the SGI-USA Southeast Asian Language Group's sixth Southeast Asian Youth and Family Festival. Live entertainment at the event included a piano performance and a magic act. Among several other performances was "Silamanee," a Thai dance that tells the story of a princess who is on a ... read more

Culture | Jun 10 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Hosts Cultural Exchange Conference

Panel speakers included Ming Hwa Yuan Director Chen Sheng-fu, Guo Guang President Chen Chao-hu and Minbunren Chairman Takeshi Niikura. Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin Chao, who chaired the discussion, spoke on SGI's efforts to promote peace, culture and education and described it as an organization dedicated to ... read more

Culture | Jun 5 2009

Exhibition Commemorating the Late Princess Galyani, Sister of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Held in Thailand

From May 4-13, 2009, an exhibition commemorating the late Princess Galyani Vadhana took place in Bangkok, Thailand. Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) supported the exhibition at the invitation of the Thai Ministry of Culture. Princess Galyani, who passed away in January 2008, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda had met on ... read more

Culture | May 10 2009

Tenth Anniversary of Korea-Japan Friendship Monument Celebrated; SGI-Korea Youth Convention Held

On May 10, 2009, Soka Gakkai representatives and Korean residents in Kyushu, Japan, gathered at the Soka Gakkai Fukuoka Training Center, Fukuoka Prefecture, for a commemorative meeting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Korea-Japan Friendship Monument. Soka Gakkai Vice President Masaharu Sato announced that May 15, the day ... read more

Culture | May 8 2009

"Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition Held in Daegu, South Korea

From April 29 to May 8, 2009, SGI-Korea and Yonhap News Agency cohosted the exhibition "Dialogue with Nature: Photographs by Daisaku Ikeda" at Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center in Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea. The Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, Daegu Metropolitan City, Federation of Artistic ... read more

Culture | May 3 2009

"From One Earth II" Art Exhibition Shown in Malaysia

From April 18 to May 3, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized an exhibition entitled "From One Earth II" at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur, following the success of the first "From One Earth" showing in conjunction with Earth Day in 2006. Thirteen artists participated in the ... read more

Culture | Apr 19 2009

Taiwan Soka Association Holds Numerous Community Cultural Festivals

Local high school students' dragon dance (left) and TSA members' lion dance ... read more

Culture | Apr 12 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens in Shanghai, China

On April 12, 2009, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Shanghai Library in Shanghai, China. The exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, has been a great success during its tour of Japan, where it was seen by more than one million visitors ... read more

Culture | Apr 6 2009

Yemeni Musician Performs at Min-On Culture Center

On April 6, 2009, Ahmad Fathi, renowned singer and oud player from the Republic of Yemen, gave a recital at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The oud is a pear-shaped, stringed instrument, commonly played in the Middle East and North Africa. Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy ... read more

Culture | Apr 2 2009

China Youth, Friendship Delegations Visit Soka Gakkai

On March 31, 2009, a Chinese youth delegation, led by All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) Deputy Secretary-General Ni Jian, received a warm welcome by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Soka Gakkai youth representatives at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. ACYF is the largest youth organization in China, ... read more

Culture | Mar 22 2009

SGI-Brazil Fife-and-Drum Corps Commended

SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps received certificates of commendation from the legislative assembly of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, and city assembly of Campo Grande, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, respectively. In celebration of the Nova Era Fife-and-Drum Corps' 20th anniversary ... read more

Culture | Mar 15 2009

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Closes

The "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition, organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), closed on March 15, 2009, at Green Dome Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Since the exhibition opened on May 2, 2008, at TFAM in Hachioji, Tokyo, over one million visited the show at seven ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2009

Hamburg Ballet Commemorates Sixth Japan Tour at Min-On's Invitation

The tour is featuring "The Lady of the Camellias" and the acclaimed "The Little Mermaid." At the opening, ambassadors to Japan and diplomats from 55 countries and territories were able to watch principal dancer Silvia Azzoni performing "The Little Mermaid," which was presented in Japan for the first time. ... read more

Culture | Feb 15 2009

SGI-USA Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

On February 15, 2009, SGI-USA members in Northern California, their families and friends rang in the Chinese Lunar New Year and spring at the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center, California. Over 200 attended the annual meeting. With the beating of a Chinese drum, the Northern California Dragon/Lion Group performed several ... read more

Culture | Feb 3 2009

Ghana's Ambassador to Japan Meets with Soka Gakkai President Harada

On February 3, 2009, Dr. Charles Brempong-Yeboah, ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Japan, visited Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Ambassador Brempong-Yeboah reminisced about his days as a student in Japan and expressed his hope to continue to cooperate with ... read more

Culture | Feb 1 2009

Poetry, Music and Painting at SGI-Canada Montreal Culture Center

On February 1, 2009, SGI-Canada Sud-Ouest Chapter organized a poetry, music and painting event during their monthly world peace prayer meeting at the SGI-Canada Montreal Culture Center. Following the sutra recitation and prayers for peace, two members shared how their daily practice of Nichiren Buddhism had positively impacted their lives. ... read more

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