SGI Takes Part in Frankfurt Book Fair and Organizes Book Exhibition in Japan
SGI took part in the world's oldest and largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, from October 6-10. This year marks SGI's eighth year of participation in the event. Over 7,500 publishing companies from 111 countries set up stands, and visitors totaled approximately 280,000.
The book fair features a "guest of honor" each year, and Argentina was the featured country this year, with numerous writers from the country present at the fair. Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner attended the opening ceremony on October 5.
At the SGI stand, approximately 200 of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's books were on display. Among these, Mr. Ikeda's dialogues with leading scholars and figures such as former President Mikhail Gorbachev, religious scholar Harvey Cox and President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters Austregésilo de Athayde were featured. Other books included the English and Spanish editions of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.
In Japan, meanwhile, autographed manuscripts from Choose Life, the dialogue between President Ikeda and British historian Arnold Toynbee, were part of a new exhibition titled "Books--Heritage of Humanity." The exhibition was held at the New Tokyo Exhibition Center from October 29 to November 3, and in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, from November 19-23.
Consisting of three sections and created at the suggestion of Mr. Ikeda, the exhibition was actualized and organized by Soka Gakkai youth members.
The first section of "Books--Heritage of Humanity" is a collection of miniature books on loan from Japanese magazine editor Isao Imaida. The display of some 100 items includes books from the Renaissance period. The smallest book in the collection measures 0.95mm x 0.95mm.
The second section contains books by world renowned authors such as Victor-Marie Hugo, Leo Tolstoy and Walt Whitman. The display also includes dioramas created by artist Takuji Yamada based on The Chronicle of the Three Kingdoms, The Eternal City, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Thumbelina.
The third section consists of autographed letters written by historical figures such as Anne Frank, Ludwig van Beethoven, Helen Keller and Mahatma Gandhi, all displayed on a 2m x 20cm panel in the shape of a giant book.
[Adapted from articles in the October 30, November 11 and November 20, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]