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Back to listOct 5, 2006

SGI-Paraguay Holds "Seeds of Change" Cultural Show

On September 24, SGI-Paraguay hosted a cultural show and gathering titled "Seeds of Change" commemorating the 45th anniversary of the first SGI-Paraguay district, as well as the 13th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Paraguay. "Seeds of Change" was held at the sports culture center at University Americana in Asunción, Paraguay. University Americana founding president Andrés Benkö Kapuváry was among the guests who joined the 1,000 SGI members in the audience.

Youngsters' cheerful dance
Audience at the show

In Part I, a video created by youth introduced the SGI's ideals and the achievements of the first three Soka Gakkai presidents. SGI-Paraguay General Director Kaoru Kurita called on the participants to contribute in their own way toward building peace. In Part II, the young men performed a dynamic Japanese wadaiko drum cadence, and men and women sang a folk medley. Other performances included a cheerful dance by youngsters; a colorful folk dance by the "Young Mrs." group; "angelic" music by the young women's fife-and-drum corps; and vigorous gymnastic feats by the young men. From September 18 to 22, University Americana also hosted the SGI's "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibit highlighting the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living and environmental preservation.

SGI-Paraguay members of Chinese background perform a martial arts dance
Young men gymnasts perform dynamic feats
Bouyant young women dancers perform ethnic dance
SGI-Paraguay fife-and-drum corps

Audience shows their appreciation and approval during finale