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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