Soka Gakkai Music Bands Participate in Local Festivals
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 Park during the 56th Yokohama Parade, in Yokohama, Kanagawa. On May 18, the Soka Gakkai Hyogo Bugle Band and Hyogo Fife-and-Drum Corps participated in the 38th Kobe Festival and marched along Flower Road in Kobe. On the same day, Soka Gakkai Hiroshima music band and fife-and-drum corps members participated in the Rose Parade, one of the major events of the Fukuyama Rose Festival in Fukuyama, Hiroshima.
[Adapted from articles in the May 4 and 19, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]