SGI-Brazil Nova Era Fife-and-Drum Corps Members and SGI-USA Youth in Southern California Meet, Respectively
On January 15, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) young women's Nova Era (New Age) Fife-and-Drum Corps held a new year meeting at the BSGI Nature and Culture Center, located in the São Paulo environs. Some 650 representatives from São Paulo Metropolitan areas gathered. The corps, founded in August 1963 with only six members, today has 2,800 members throughout Brazil. Corps Chief Marcia Saito called on everyone to continue to polish their techniques and their lives, based on their Buddhist practice. BSGI Young Women's Division Chief Alessandra Miranda encouraged the members to contribute to peace through their musical performances.
In the U.S., SGI-USA youth in Southern California, including jr. high and high school divisions members, met for a general meeting on December 18 at the SGI-USA Santa Ana Center in Orange County, California. Representatives presented a play, which expressed the importance of challenging to achieve a goal. SGI-USA Young Men's Division Chief Danny Hall and Vice Youth Division Chief Jomo Thorne shared their experiences of overcoming difficulties during their school days through applying the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-USA General Director Daniel Nagashima also attended.