Peace and Disarmament
"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Tokyo and Hyogo
"Children and a Culture of Peace: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," an exhibition created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, was displayed on April 2-6, 2008, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, and at the Kansai International Culture Center in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, from March 29 to April 6. At the opening festivities in Tokyo on April 2, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada spoke about first Soka Gakkai President and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's belief that education exists for the happiness of children. His theories and pedagogy have been realized in the Soka Schools founded by Daisaku Ikeda. Essayist Kayoko Ebina, 74, who lost her family in the Great Tokyo Air Raid in March 1945 when she was 11, shared her hopes to build a century of peace for children in the world.
The exhibition supports the United Nations' "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World" (2001-2010). Exhibit panels consist of four sections titled, Children Living in Japan, Children Living on the Same Planet Earth, Brilliant Lives of Children and For the Sake of Children's Happiness, and aim to heighten awareness among the Japanese public about the Decade's goals. The exhibition has traveled to several cities in Japan, since its launch in October 2006.
[Adapted from an article in the April 4, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]