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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

Culture | Jul 4 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Youth Participate in National Event

On July 2, at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism, some 1,000 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth participated in the official launch of Citrawarna Malaysia (Colors of Malaysia) 2005 at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. The SGM youth, dressed in colorful native costumes, performed in the opening number titled ... read more

Culture | Jun 15 2005

Art Exhibition by Renowned Chinese Painters Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin Opens in Hong Kong

"Cherry, Plum, Peach and Damson--Art Exhibition of Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin" opened on June 9 at the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center in Hong Kong. The show displayed some 160 works by Lai Ming and Wong Wing Yin, husband and wife and disciples of the great master of Chinese ... read more

Culture | May 10 2005

SGI-Canada Sponsors Youth Festivals

Local ballet troupe performs at Toronto festival SGI-Canada youth in Toronto express their passion through exuberant hip-hop dances and band performances In April and May, SGI-Canada is sponsoring local youth music events throughout the country. On May 1 in Toronto, some 1,700 gathered for a youth culture festival at the John Bassett ... read more

Culture | May 9 2005

SGI-Thailand Members Help Celebrate Royal Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On May 5, an event celebrating the Royal Coronation Day of his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was held in Bangkok, Thailand. SGI-Thailand dancers and chorus members participated in the festivities, sponsored by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Bangkok City and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth). The event ... read more

Culture | Apr 16 2005

SGI-USA Sponsors Japanese-American Peace Friendship Festival in Southern California

On April 10, SGI-USA sponsored a Japanese-American "Gathering of Peace" at the SGI-USA World Culture Center in Santa Monica, California, USA. The Japanese language group planned and organized the show with an aim to promote respect for cultural diversity and strengthen bonds of amity between people. Many like-minded local cultural ... read more

Culture | Apr 13 2005

Soka Gakkai President Welcomes Delegates from Chinese Association for International Understanding

On April 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya welcomed Li Chengren, executive vice chairman of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIU), and representative members, at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CAIU aims to develop intercultural understanding, friendship and peace through exchanges with organizations and institutions ... read more

Culture | Apr 7 2005

Asia Peace and Arts Festival Comes to Japan

The Min-On Concert Association's third "Asia Peace and Arts Festival" opened April 6 at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Nakano Ward, Tokyo. Artists from China, Korea, Mongolia, Russia and Japan created a dynamic and vivid stage, expressing their respective histories, traditions and lifestyles through song, music and dance. Min-On ... read more

Culture | Apr 4 2005

All-China Youth Federation Delegates Meet with Soka Gakkai Youth from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa

On April 3, a delegation from the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), led by Zhang Xuejun, vice chair of the Children's Work Committee, traveled to Hiroshima City, which is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing (August 6, 1945). The ACYF delegates and Japanese Soka Gakkai youth representatives placed flowers ... read more

Culture | Apr 1 2005

Chinese Youth Delegates Receive Warm Welcome at Soka Gakkai Headquarters

On March 31, Chinese youth delegation members of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF), in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division, received a warm welcome from President Einosuke Akiya and youth representatives at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The ACYF representatives, led by ... read more

Culture | Mar 31 2005

SGI-Thailand Commemorates SGI's 30th Anniversary with Youth Music Festival

On March 26 and 27, SGI-Thailand celebrated the SGI's 30th anniversary with a Youth Peace and Culture Festival at a stadium on the Thammasat University campus in a Bangkok suburb. Permanent Secretary of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrative Office Ms. Ying Nathanon Thavisin and other guests from various sectors of Thai ... read more

Culture | Mar 30 2005

Korean Musical Gambler Launches Japan Tour

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of normalization of Korean-Japan relations in 2005, the Min-On Concert Association invited the Seensee Musical Company, South Korea's largest musical production company, to bring its hit musical Gambler--The Golden Key to Japan for a two month engagement. During May and June, the company will perform in ... read more

Culture | Mar 29 2005

All-China Youth Federation Delegates Arrive in Japan

On March 28, a Chinese youth delegation, comprising members of the All-China Youth Federation, arrived in Japan at the invitation of the Soka Gakkai Youth Division. The group visited the Kansai Culture Center in Tennoji-ku, Osaka City, and received a warm welcome from local leaders and youth. The Kansai Boys ... read more

Culture | Mar 27 2005

Chinese Journalist Writes About Daisaku Ikeda's Contributions to Sino-Japan Friendship

Li Dean, a journalist formerly with Xinhua News, China's largest news agency, contributed an essay, "The Foresight of Daisaku Ikeda's Speech," for a book titled Forty Years As A Foreign Journalist in Japan. The Association for the Promotion of Journalistic Pursuits in China and Japan (working translation) published the book ... read more

Culture | Mar 25 2005

Soka Gakkai Malaysia and SGI-Thailand Contribute to Local Community through Art and Music

Malaysia: Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) organized and hosted the "Guo Xiyan and His Art of Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition," from February 27 to March 6. The exhibit featured over 100 artworks by Guo Xiyuan, an award-winning Chinese artist who serves as vice director of Shenzen University's College of Arts. Some ... read more

Culture | Mar 22 2005

"Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" Opens at Josei Toda International Center in Tokyo

The "Boys and Girls Art of Hope Exhibit" opened March 20 at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. The exhibit, showing through April 3, presents 70 drawings and paintings selected from among 35,000 submitted from throughout Japan and several other countries. Opening ceremonies included a performance by ... read more

Culture | Mar 10 2005

SGI-Taiwan Hosts "Asian Youth Friendship Musical Festival" in Sanchung City, Taiwan

On March 5, SGI-Taiwan hosted the "Asian Youth Friendship Musical Festival" in Sanchung City, Taipei Province, Taiwan, in collaboration with Sanchung City, Soka University and National Taiwan College of Arts. Some 2,000 Japanese and Taiwanese youth, their families and local residents attended. SGI-Taiwan's fife-and-drum corps, string orchestra and chorus group ... read more

Culture | Mar 6 2005

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" Exhibition Opens in Osaka

Following shows in Tokyo and Hokkaido, the "Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" exhibition opened at the Suntory Museum "Temposan," Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, on March 5. The exhibition features 400 items, including six national treasures of France, belonging to 25 world renowned museums. Highlighted are Hugo's indomitable struggles championing social ... read more

Culture | Feb 25 2005

SGI-Thailand's Melodies for Peace Chorus Performs on Thailand's National Television Program

On February 24, SGI-Thailand's Melodies for Peace chorus, consisting of women and young women, performed on a long-running, popular music show broadcast on a national TV station, Channel 11. Melodies for Peace presented a song that Thailand's renowned musicians composed for victims of the recent great Sumatra earthquake and tsunami. ... read more

Culture | Feb 12 2005

Toda Institute Hosts Conference on "Universities of the Future" in Hawaii

On February 4-6, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a Soka Gakkai-affiliated peace organization, hosted an international conference on "Universities of the Future: Globalization and Higher Education--Who Governs? For Whom?" in Honolulu, Hawaii, in cooperation with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (HRCFS) at the University ... read more

Culture | Feb 8 2005

Local Band El Cuarteto Helps SGI-Venezuela Celebrate SGI's 30th Anniversary

On January 28, SGI-Venezuela celebrated SGI's 30th anniversary with a special concert by El Cuarteto, a locally renowned traditional Venezuelan band at Aula Magna Hall on the Central University campus, Caracas. Over 1,200 people gathered for the concert, including government officials, academics and UN regional officers. Dr. Hector Navarro, professor ... read more

Culture | Feb 5 2005

Institute of Oriental Philosophy Hosts Second Lecture in "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World" Series

On February 4, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) invited Aomori Public College Professor Tatsuo Haya to speak at the second lecture of the series titled, "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World (tentative translation)," at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Speaking on "Life and Thoughts of Gautama Buddha," Professor ... read more

Culture | Jan 28 2005

Hamburg Ballet Begins Japan Tour at Min-On's Invitation

On January 27, the Hamburg Ballet, led by world-renowned choreographer John Neumeier, performed at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Mr. Neumeier, who has been director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973, has produced over 100 ... read more

Culture | Jan 16 2005

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" Exhibition to Open in Hokkaido

"Victor Hugo and the Romanticists" exhibition, currently showing at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Hachioji, Tokyo, will move to the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. The exhibition features 500 items belonging to the Victor Hugo House of Literature, as well as six national treasures of France, ... read more

Culture | Jan 15 2005

IOP Hosts Public Lecture by Former Indian Ambassador to Japan Aftab Seth

On January 14, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) hosted the first lecture in a series titled, "Indian Spiritualism and Today's World (tentative translation)," at the Nihon Seinenkan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Dr. Aftab Seth, Keio University Professor and former Indian Ambassador to Japan, spoke. Introducing the words of Rabindranath ... read more

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