Hokkaido Youth Hold Experience Rallies at 135 Venues
Soka Gakkai youth in Hokkaido have been sponsoring experience rallies throughout their area. On March 19, rallies were held at over 50 locations. Many friends and guests from various social spheres attended the rally at the Hokkaido Ikeda Hall in Sapporo. The event, titled "The Power of Youth," began with a dynamic Japanese wadaiko drum cadence performed by the Sapporo Hiragishi Tenjin Drum Preservation Society. There was also a video message from Soka Gakkai member and new pitcher Tomoya Yagi of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team. Speaking on behalf of the youth, Sapporo Youth Division Chief Makoto Anzai expressed their hopes to realize a peaceful and secure society through the boundless passion and power of young people, who have the mission to stand up for truth and justice and speak out against society's ills while creating value in their own daily lives. Following a song by a chorus of elementary through high school students, a video introduced young Soka Gakkai members and their efforts to make a difference in society. Hironobu Yagihashi shared how a grave injury on the job became a turning point in his resolve to participate in Soka Gakkai activities and show actual proof of the practice of Nichiren Buddhism at his workplace. Nursery school teacher Hiroko Suda shared her experience of fostering her young students and developing her own humanity in the process.
Speaking on behalf of the guests, Hokkaido Employers' Association Honorary President Masanao Takei said the rally was extremely refreshing and he was reassured to see the dedicated youth who were at the gathering. He said religion is an important and valuable foundation upon which human activity is based. The rallies, totaling 135, will continue through April 8.