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Youth Culture Festival Celebrates Taiwan Soka Association's 50th Anniversary, Exchange with Okinawa

Okinawan youth performing a traditional danceOkinawan youth performing a traditional dance

From September 1-2, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held a two-day Youth Culture Festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of TSA at the Taipei International Convention Center. Some 10,000 people attended the celebration, including Soka Gakkai youth from Okinawa, Japan, who have enjoyed a long-standing tradition of cultural exchange with TSA.

Participants enjoyed an array of music by TSA's youth performing groups, including the Soka Victory Orchestra, Pacific Ocean Chorus, Angel Fife and Drum Corps, and Li-ming (Dawn) Dance Group. One highlight was a choral performance of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" in German. Youth members from Okinawa also performed a traditional Okinawan dance.

TSA youth performing a danceTSA youth performing a dance

In a message of encouragement, SGI President Ikeda stressed that the determination of youth to create positive change can produce a ripple effect of peace and happiness throughout society.

In his welcome speech, TSA General Director Lin Chao spoke about the rich history of cultural exchange between the youth of TSA and Soka Gakkai members from Okinawa. Last year, TSA delegates traveled to Japan to perform at the Okinawa Soka Youth Peace Festival. Mr. Lin encouraged the youth to be on the frontlines of peaceful exchange between Taiwan and Japan.

 Finale of the Youth Culture Festival Finale of the Youth Culture Festival

[Adapted from an article in the September 11, 2012, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association, Taiwan; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]