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Back to listJun 2, 2006

Special Photography Exhibition Commemorates 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adjulyadej of Thailand; Thai Culture Ministry Commends Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda

Ribbon-cutting for exhibition opening in Yokohama

On June 1, "Light-Shadow, Under His Majesty the King of Thailand's Reign: the Thai Tradition," a special photography exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, opened at the Soka Gakkai Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama, Tokyo. Some 130 guests attended the opening, including the Thai Culture Ministry's Khunying Dhipavadee Meksawan and Vira Rojpojchanarat, permanent secretary and deputy secretary for culture, respectively; Minister Pichai Israbhakdi of the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo; and Senior Managing Director Nobuyuki Chiba of the Kanagawa Shimbun newspaper. The Thai Ministry of Culture, Thai Photographers Association and Thai Soka Gakkai are sponsoring the Yokohama exhibition.

Permanent Secretary for Culture Dhipavadee (right) entrusts award for Mrs. Ikeda to her son Mr. Hiromasa Ikeda (left)

The exhibition, which also commemorates the 120th anniversary of Thai-Japan bilateral relations, comprises selected photographs from a National Photographic Contest held in Thailand that express the heart of the "country of gentle smiles." The same exhibition showed at the Siam Discovery Center in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2005.

During the opening, Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda received a Certificate of Honor from the Thai Ministry of Culture. Permanent Secretary for Culture Dhipavadee entrusted the award to Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Hiromasa Ikeda, who accepted it on his mother's behalf. Mr. Ikeda introduced the exchanges between His Majesty King Bhumibol and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and said the exhibition has become another milestone in the Cultural Activitiess between their two countries, further strengthening their eternal and abiding ties of friendship. At the same occasion, the Min-On Concert Association presented Mrs. Dhipavadee with the Min-On Culture Award, and the Thai Ministry of Culture presented Soka Gakkai and Thai Soka Gakkai with certificates of appreciation.

"Joys of Childhood," by P. Pornpanit

[The special Thai exhibition shows through June 11; times are from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day. On June 1, the exhibition begins at 12 noon. Admission is free.]