Nichiren's Birthday Observed
On February 16, Soka Gakkai members throughout Japan and SGI members throughout the world, held services commemorating Nichiren's birthday at respective centers. Nichiren was born February 16, 1222 in Awa Province in what is now Chiba Prefecture. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended the service at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters No. 2 Annex in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku, to celebrate the sublime life of Nichiren, who struggled dauntlessly with great compassion for the salvation of humanity. Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya and General Director Toru Aoki attended a ceremony at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This day also happened to be "Chiba Prefecture Day," and women representatives from Chiba held a celebration at the Soka International Women's Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.