Peace and Disarmament
Toda Peace Memorial Hall Reaches 1,000,000 Visitors
September 8, 2010 marks the 53th year since second president of the Soka Gakkai made his "Declaration for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons" at Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Every year, people visit Soka Gakkai's Toda Peace Memorial Hall in Yokohama which is a historical building that has come to symbolize Mr. Toda's movement for peace and nuclear abolition.
Stored at the Toda Peace Memorial Hall are the original documents of Mr. Toda's declaration speech given at Mitsuzawa Stadium, along with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's original manuscript of Chapter One of The Human Revolution, a serialized novel of his life. To date, the center has also exhibited up to 50 exhibitions on themes ranging from nuclear abolition, the Holocaust, the environment and human rights. Currently on display is the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit."
This year, 2010, marks approximately 1,000,000 visitors to the Toda Peace Memorial Hall, which have included notable guests such as peace scholar Dr. John Galtung, also known as the "Father of Peace Studies," as well as David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Originally, the Toda Peace Memorial Hall building was built in 1922 and used as the office of a British merchant. In 1979, it was remodeled preserving some original parts of the building. In 2001, the building was registered as a historical site.
[Adapted from an article in the July 25, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]