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Culture | Jan 13 2006

China's National Peking Opera Theatre to Tour Japan in June-July 2006

On January 17, the eleventh anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, Soka Gakkai held memorial services at the Kansai Culture Center in Osaka City and nine other centers throughout Hyogo Prefecture. In a solemn ceremony, friends and relatives prayed for the repose of those who died in the quake. Soka ... read more

Culture | Jan 13 2006

Min-On Concert Association to Host Buenos Tango in February

Beginning February, the Min-On Concert Association (Min-On) will host Buenos Tango, which is the 37th installment of the Min-On's Tango Series. Launched in 1970 with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Orquestra Jose Basso, the Min-On Tango Series deserves much credit for establishing tango popularity in Japan. Among the cast ... read more

Culture | Jan 12 2006

"Dialogue with Nature" Exhibition Opens in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China

From December 28, 2005, through January 3, 2006, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, showed in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China. Chaozhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and SGI-Hong Kong are among the sponsors. The exhibition includes some 112 ... read more

Culture | Dec 14 2005

Central China Normal University Former President Zhang Kaiyuan Receives Soka University's Honorary Doctorate

On December 13, Professor Zhang Kaiyuan, renowned modern Chinese historian and former president of the Central China Normal University (CCNU), China, visited Soka University in Hachioji City, Tokyo. Soka University President Masami Wakae, Soka Women's College President Katsuhiko Fukushima and representative teachers and students welcomed Professor Zhang and the guests ... read more

Culture | Nov 12 2005

SGI-Mexico Participates in International Conference on Global Issues in Cuba Commemorating José Martí's 152 Birthday

From October 25 to 27, over 170 delegates from 32 countries, including SGI-Mexico Youth Division Chief Daisuke Inoue, attended an international conference titled "With and for the Good of All" at the Havana Conference Center, Cuba, to pursue resolutions to global issues based on the legacy of Cuba's national hero, ... read more

Culture | Nov 1 2005

"Napoleon the Great: Cultural Brilliance and Spiritual Legacy" Previews at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Hachioji, Tokyo

Musée Masséna Nice, France Deutsches Historiches Museum, Berlin, Germany Portrait of Empress Josephine by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835) Portrait of Emperor Napoleon by François Gérard (1770-1837) A preview of "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture" an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), took place at the Hachioji museum on ... read more

Culture | Oct 27 2005

SGI-Austria Culture Center Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with an Open House

Chamber orchestra presents music by Schubert Poetry reading On September 24, SGI-Austria held an open house for nearby residents at the SGI-Austria Culture Center in Vienna, Austria, celebrating the center's tenth anniversary. Local residents were treated to professional actors reading poetry by Goethe and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and a chamber music ... read more

Culture | Oct 7 2005

BRC Sponsors "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters" to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass

On October 1, 2005 the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) sponsored "'Talking Back' to Whitman: Poetry Matters," the second annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, at its center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Commemorating the 150th anniversary this year of Whitman's masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, scholars and poets ... read more

Culture | Oct 1 2005

China's Tianjin Song and Dance Theater Tours Japan; Min-On Founder Appointed Honorary Director

The Tianjin Song and Dance Theater, a leading musical dance troupe in China, is now touring Japan, at the invitation of Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Founded in 1953, the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater has contributed to develop China's performing arts and deepen friendships with people across the world through ... read more

Culture | Sep 23 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Participates in 48th National Day Celebration

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) participated in Malaysia's 48th National Day (August 31) celebrations in 11 states, including Kuala Lumpur. SGM has supported independence day festivities since 1985, when the Malaysian government first approached SGM with a request for support. On August 31, 100 SGM Student Division members put on a ... read more

Culture | Aug 13 2005

Singapore Soka Association Supports 40th Anniversary National Day Celebrations

On August 9, some 2,000 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members participated in Singapore's 40th National Day events across the country. Some 25,000 residents attended the annual show at Singapore's National Stadium, which all of Singapore's television networks telecast live as well as on the Internet. The festivities were seen by ... read more

Culture | Jul 31 2005

Youth World Peace Music Festival Held in Hiroshima to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of End of World War II

Hiroshima youth music fest appeals for a world at peace Drummers of the Maidaiko Asuka Gumi express Hiroshima's anger towards war and passion for creating lasting peace In the evening of July 30, some 20,000 youth gathered for a Youth World Peace Music Festival at Hiroshima Central Park, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, ... read more

Culture | Jul 23 2005

"Choose Life--Arnold Toynbee and Daisaku Ikeda" Exhibition Opens in Hiroshima

On July 22, "Choose Life--Arnold Toynbee and Daisaku Ikeda," an exhibition showcasing the dialogues between the late renowned British historian Dr. Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, opened at the Soka Gakkai Hiroshima Ikeda Peace Hall in Hiroshima City. Some 200 guests attended the show's opening, which commemorates ... read more

Culture | Jul 20 2005

Min-On to Sponsor Japan Tour of Icelandic Music in November 2005

On July 19, Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir visited the Min-On Culture Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, and received a warm welcome from Min-On Concert Association (Min-On) President Hiroyasu Kobayashi. Beginning in November 2005, Min-On will sponsor an Icelandic music tour in Japan. Iceland, the ... read more

Culture | Jul 7 2005

Selangor State, Malaysia, Commends Soka Gakkai Malaysia for Cultural Contributions

The State Government of Selangor, Malaysia, recently commended SGI-Malaysia (SGM) in recognition of its contributions to the arts and culture. The conferral took place on July 4 at the State Youth Culture Center in Shah Alam, capital of Selangor. SGM Vice General Director and Selangor Area Chief Ng Teck Sim ... read more