Peace and Disarmament
"Children and a Culture of Peace" Exhibition in Sapporo, Japan
On September 20, 2008, "Children and a Culture of Peace Exhibition: For the Sake of Children's Happiness," an exhibition created and sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee, opened at a hall in Sapporo ESTA, a commercial complex in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The exhibition which aims to raise awareness among the Japanese public about the ideals promulgated by the United Nations' "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World" (2001-2010), consists of four sections: Children Living in Japan, Children Living on the Same Planet Earth, Brilliant Lives of Children and For the Sake of Children's Happiness. One of the guests attending the opening, Motoko Hattanda, director of Sapporo's Department of Children's Affairs, said the exhibition gave her courage and hope and that the warm humane bonds depicted in the panels are the foundation for building a "culture of peace."
Launched in October 2006 in Tokyo, the exhibition has traveled to over 50 cities throughout Japan.
[Adapted from an article in the September 21, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]