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Culture | Jun 7 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Organizes Charity Cultural Festival in Sabah State

On June 6 and 7, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held a charity cultural festival at Chancellor Hall on the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah State, east Malaysia. Some 800 SGM youth performed for an audience of about 8,000, who gathered from throughout Malaysia ... read more

Culture | May 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Music Bands Participate in Local Festivals

Soka Gakkai Hyogo Bugle Band marching in Kobe Parade at Fukuyama Rose Festival, Hiroshima During May 2008, many Soka Gakkai marching bands and fife-and-drum corps participated in local events and parades throughout Japan. On May 3, Soka Gakkai Kanagawa Fife-and-Drum Corps and Soka Gran Esperanza Color Guard marched in front of Yamashita ... read more

Culture | May 18 2008

SGI-Laos Holds Culture Festival

SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence On May 18, 2008, SGI-Laos held a culture festival in the capital, Vientiane, to commemorate May 3, Soka Gakkai Day. Regional dances from around the country were featured, as well as traditional Laotian dances and music performed by youth. The participants reaffirmed their pledge to become ... read more

Culture | May 17 2008

History of SGI-Italy Culture Center Building and Grounds Published

On May 17, 2008, a lecture at the SGI-Italy Culture Center in Florence commemorated the book launch of Le Brache Villa di Bellagio ("Wonderful House of Happiness and Joy"), a compilation of the history of the site. The center's history dates back to the first and second centuries of the ... read more

Culture | May 11 2008

"Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Exchange" Exhibition Held in Malaysia

From May 4-11, 2008, SGI-Malaysia (SGM), Cao Tang Men Eastern Arts Society, Malaysia, and Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Society, Singapore, jointly organized the "Singapore-Malaysia Chinese Seal-Carving, Calligraphy & Painting Exchange" exhibition at the SGM Grand Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur. Tan Sri Dato' Michael Chen Wing Sum, former ... read more

Culture | May 8 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda Meet in Tokyo

Chinese President Hu Jintao met with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo for 30 minutes in the evening of May 8, 2008. Accompanying President Hu were China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and youth ... read more

Culture | May 2 2008

"Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Exhibition Opens at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

On May 2, 2008, the "Great Romance of the Three Kingdoms" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Tokyo. The show commemorates the 25th anniversary of the museum's founding and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the Japan-China Peace and Amity Treaty (1978). Over ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2008

President of Asia Pacific Forum on Families Malaysia Lectures in Osaka, Japan

On March 31, 2008, Datin Paduka Professor Jamilah Ariffin, president of the Malaysia Chapter of Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM) International and adjunct professor of gender studies at the University of Malaya, lectured at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Ikeda Center in Osaka on creating a nurturing family environment that ... read more

Culture | Mar 27 2008

Chin-Shuan Cultural Foundation Sponsors Taiwan Tour of Professional Taiko Drum Troupe

From March 19-27, 2008, Maidaiko Aska-Gumi, a well-known Japanese taiko drum troupe, toured Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, founded by Taiwan Soka Association with an aim to promote cultural exchanges in Taiwan, sponsored the tour. On March 24, the group performed for the students ... read more

Culture | Mar 18 2008

Soka Gakkai Youth From Kyushu Visit South Korea for Exchange Meeting

From March 15-18, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth representatives from Kyushu, southern Japan, participated in a Korea-Japan Goodwill Trip. This was the fifth exchange between Soka Gakkai Kyushu and SGI-Korea members. On March 15, the Japanese delegation visited the SGI-Korea headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. On March 16, the group participated ... read more

Culture | Feb 22 2008

Visit by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of China

On Feburary 22, 2008, State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan of the People's Republic of China and his party were welcomed by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai youth at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. The two first met in 1974 on Mr. Ikeda's first trip to China, when ... read more

Culture | Feb 21 2008

Brazil Tourism Minister Speaks on Japanese Immigrants' Contributions to Brazil

On February 21, 2008, some 1,000 BSGI members and their friends attended a lecture by Brazil's Minister of Tourism Marta Suplicy at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Culture Center in São Paulo. To commemorate the Japan-Brazil Exchange Year (2008) and the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, Ms. Suplicy spoke on Japanese ... read more

Culture | Feb 18 2008

SGI President Awarded Russian Federation Order of Friendship

On February 18, 2008, Russian Ambassador to Tokyo Mikhail M. Bely presented the Russian Federation Order of Friendship to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his wide-ranging contributions to the development of Russo-Japanese relations and bilateral exchange for over 30 years. ... read more

Culture | Feb 1 2008

Russian Federation to Present Order of Friendship to SGI President

Since his first visit in 1974 during the Cold War, Mr. Ikeda has visited the former USSR and Russia six times to exchange views with Russian leaders and cultural figures. He has also promoted educational and Cultural Activitiess on a grassroots level through educational, academic and cultural institutions he has ... read more

Culture | Jan 31 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Promotes Local Artists

Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) collaborated with several art societies to introduce the works of local artists at its SGM Perak Culture Center from January 24-31, 2008. The "Chinese Art, Poetry & Calligraphy" exhibition displayed 135 works by 30 local artists, poets and calligraphers. The Shan Cheng Poets Society of Ipoh, ... read more