Back to listJan 4, 2009

SGI Members Around the World Celebrate New Year

090104newyear_honbu.jpg Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada attends a prayer service in Shinanomachi, Tokyo

In early January, 2009, SGI members in 192 countries and territories gathered in their respective locales to usher in the new year, designated by the SGI as "Year of Youth and Victory." SGI President Daisaku Ikeda led new year prayers service at the Soka Gakkai headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. In his message celebrating the New Year, Mr. Ikeda expressed his appreciation for the members' efforts in creating peace in society and encouraged them to further advance with a youthful spirit.

090105newyear_kanagawa.jpg Soka Gakkai members meet at Kanagawa Culture Center
090106newyear_mexico.jpg SGI-Mexico members
090106newyear_costa_rica.jpg SGI-Costa Rica members
090106newyear_italy.jpg SGI-Italy members
090106newyear_lanka.jpg SGI-Sri Lanka Members

[Adapted from articles in the January 4, 5 and 6, 2009 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]