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Culture | Aug 23 2008

SGI-USA Chicago Hosts SIFA Africa Children's Choir Performance

On August 23, 2008, the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center was the venue for a performance by the SIFA Africa Children's Choir from Masaka, Uganda. SIFA--Swahili for "praise"--is composed of children representing fellow orphans in Uganda and other displaced children throughout Africa. The choir has been touring the United States since ... read more

Culture | Aug 16 2008

Children of Japan and China Celebrate Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange Year

This year, 2008, marks the 30th anniversary of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty as well as the 40th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's proposal calling for the normalization of the diplomatic relations between China and Japan. On August 16, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth representatives welcomed a youth delegation from ... read more

Culture | Aug 9 2008

SSA Members Perform at Singapore National Day Parade 2008

On August 9, 2008, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth performed at Singapore's 43rd National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium. SSA has participated in the annual event at the invitation of the Singaporean government for the past 23 years. Singapore President S.R. Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien ... read more

Culture | Aug 5 2008

SGI-Korea and SGI-Taiwan Fife-and-Drum Corps Participate in International Festivals

The Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, SGI-Korea's young women's band, was one of 13 groups from ten countries invited to perform at the 7th annual Gangneung International Junior Art Festival in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea. The festival, held this year from August 2-5, 2008, was initiated seven years ago and ... read more

Culture | Jul 26 2008

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Hosts Culture Show in Kuala Lumpur

On July 26, 2008, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Kuala Lumpur sponsored a culture show at SJK Batang Kali multipurpose hall in Ulu, Selangor, attended by around 1,800 residents. Titled "Melam Mesra Muhibah (An Evening of Harmony) 2008," the show served to promote goodwill and cooperation in the community. Guest of ... read more

Culture | Jul 25 2008

Iranian and Egyptian Ambassadors to Japan Meet with Soka Gakkai President Harada, Respectively

On July 24, 2008, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan, met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada at the Seikyo Press Building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Ambassador Araghchi expressed his hopes that the Soka Gakkai would continue in its efforts of promoting mutual understanding ... read more

Culture | Jul 14 2008

Commemorative Cultural Festival Held in Indonesia; SGI Representatives Meet with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla

On July 13, 2008, the "Religious Art Festival for Peace" took place at the Jakarta International Event and Convention Centre, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan. The musical extravaganza was co-organized by Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia), the Indonesian Muslim Artists and Culturalists ... read more

Culture | Jun 22 2008

SGI-Brazil Members Participate in Centennial Celebrations of Japanese Immigration in São Paulo and Paraná

On June 21, 2008, an official event celebrating the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil took place in São Paulo at the Anhembi Arena, a 500-meter samba parade ground. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda attended on behalf of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who had been invited as a guest of ... read more

Culture | Jun 20 2008

Beyond the Horizon: Photo Exhibition Held at International Maritime Organization Headquarters in London, UK

From June 16-20, 2008, "Beyond the Horizon," an exhibition of photographs taken by the Hato-kai, Soka Gakkai members who work on oceangoing vessels, was shown at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK. Hato-kai and IMO co-organized the event in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the adoption ... read more

Culture | Jun 18 2008

Japanese Art Treasures Exhibited in Brazil on the Centennial of Japanese Immigration

One hundred years ago, Japanese began leaving their country to create new lives in Brazil. Commemorating the centennial of Japanese immigration to Brazil, various events have been taking place in both countries. On June 18, 2008, "Eternal Treasures of Japan--Art of the Samurai" from the collection of Tokyo Fuji Art Museum ... read more

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