Back to listJun 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 honor from the event committee, along with SGI-Brazil (BSGI) representatives. BSGI's young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps, young men's Taiyo (Sun) Brass Band, young women's Taiga (Big River) dance group and Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism performed at the event. Many BSGI youth also volunteered as event staff.

Parade at Anhenbi Arena in São Paulo

In Paraná State, a commemorative event was held on June 22 in a plaza next to the Japanese Immigrants Center in Rolandia. Paraná has the second largest population of Japanese ancestry, following São Paulo. Guest attendees included Crown Prince Hironomiya of Japan, Brazilian Vice President José Alencar, Paraná Governor Roberto Requião and former parliamentarian Antonio Ueno. Some 500 BSGI youth joined the performance in front of an audience of 30,000. BSGI's Taiyo music band and Nova Era fife-and-drum corps played the Japanese folk song Yagi-bushi. A highlight of the performance was gymnastic feats put on by some 200 BSGI youth and their friends.

080629bz_dance.jpg BSGI girls' dance (São Paulo)
080701bz_pyramid.jpg Young women's gymnastic feats (Paraná)

[Adapted from articles in the June 29 and July 1, 2008 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]