SGI Youth from 60 Countries Exchange with Members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures
On July 22, SGI youth, in Japan attending summer training sessions, met with Soka Gakkai members in Chiba, Ibaraki, Gunma and Tochigi Prefectures. Members from Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon attended a meeting in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture. The boys and girls Lion Cubs Sun Chorus, accompanied on the koto, performed. The SGI members joined the chorus in singing "March Toward the 21st Century." A member from Cameroon and a local Student Division member shared their experiences of practicing Nichiren Buddhism.
European and South Korean representatives attended a meeting in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture, renowned for its lotus ponds. After visiting a pond with lotus flowers blooming in profusion, the SGI members from Europe and South Korea were treated to summer traditions in Japan, including wearing yukatas, cool, cotton summer kimonos.
At the exchange meeting held at the Tsuchiura Culture Center, SGI-Norway and SGI-Korea Youth Division leaders Aud Digernes and Seo Yong Jun, respectively, shared their impressions of the summer SGI Youth Training Session, during which they were able to establish bonds of friendship and reaffirm their shared commitment of mentor and disciple with youth throughout the world. Tania G. Pereira of Portugal told how she challenged a career in acting with her practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Following greetings by local youth leaders, everyone joined together in singing.