Soka Gakkai Thailand Supports Charity Concert for Japan Earthquake Victims
On April 4, the Thai Ministry of Culture organized a charity concert "Magokoro 2011" (From Our Heart: Thailand to Japan 2011) at the Thailand Culture Centre in Bangkok to support victims of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that hit Japan. Supporters of the concert included Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT), Thai PBS Channel (TPBS) and the 70-year-old Suntarapon Orchestra.
The event included performances by musicians, Japanese food stalls, souvenir shops and a charity T-shirt sale. Among those performing were SGT members singing Japanese songs and playing the koto (Japanese harp).
Takashi Okada, Minister of the Japanese Embassy in Thailand, attended, along with Somchai Sianglai, the permanent secretary of Thailand's Ministry of Culture.
At the opening, Mr. Somchai remarked that 2012 will mark the 125th anniversary of Japan-Thailand diplomatic relations. He also conveyed his deepest condolences to those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis, saying that the Thai people will continue to send prayers and best wishes.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) and an article in the April 26, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGT]