Kinokuniya Publishes DVD in English, Chinese and Spanish on Educator and First Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
Kinokuniya Co., Ltd. recently released a three-language version--English, Chinese and Spanish--of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi--For the Happiness of Children, a 43-minute DVD introducing the philosophy of educator and first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. This is a special edition of Makiguchi Tsunesaburo--kodomotachi no shiawase no tameni, the 33rd volume of Kinokuniya's visual critical biography series in Japanese, titled "Gakumon to jonetsu (Erudition and Passion)," begun in 1997 to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary. The series has introduced renowned Japanese educators and thinkers, including Kumagusu Minamikata, Tadataka Ino, Inazo Nitobe, Yukichi Fukuzawa, Sakuzo Yoshino and Chomin Nakae.
The 33rd volume profiles Mr. Makiguchi as an educator and geographer, based on the latest research about Mr. Makiguchi. The film includes valuable testimonies, shows his personal effects and mementos and explores the future of Soka education carried on by Soka Gakkai's second and third presidents, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda, respectively. The DVD has interviews by Soka University Honorary Professor Shoji Saito, foremost expert on Makiguchi research, and supervising editor of the film; and Sadako Kaneko, Mr. Makiguchi's third son's wife. Professor Saito comments, "This film biography leaves a lasting impression of Makiguchi, who gave his life for the sake of peace, and communicates his kind-hearted nature." The three-language DVD retails for 1,785 yen (including tax) and is available in Kinokuniya bookstores throughout Japan.
[Note: Special recorded footage found in the Japanese version are not included in this foreign language version.]