Archive for April, 2012

World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony, Milano-ITALY

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

April 1st, 2012

We had a wonderful World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony (WPFC) in Milano, Italy.

It was the first official (public) WPFC in Milano, at Centro Asteria during a beautiful event, “Oriente sui Navigli” (Orient on the Channel), which was especially dedicated to Japan. It was a very rich and profound event with many panel exhibitions and video showings about Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima and other northern Japan areas hit by Tsunami. This was a good occasion for people to reflect on the use of nuclear power.

The event included: talented singers and skillful Italian Taiko drummers, Japanese Calligraphy, Ikebana, a lot of Japanese beautiful kokeshi (wooden dolls) martial art demonstrations and a Mandala exhibition, which was not in the program but when I showed ten or more mandalas I had with me (I had them with me because I taught five mandala classes at a junior high school near Como before coming to Milano), they all loved them so much, they created a space for them to be displayed.

Also, the Japanese Ambassador of Milano was invited to attend the event, by the Centro Asteria institute.

We had a fantastic WPFC with 200 small children, comprised of first, second and third grade elementary school students. They were so small and so cute!! Their teachers were so wonderful and supportive; they did a fantastic job with guiding the student flag bearers to take on the role as ambassador for each country. The big theatre was filled with more than 500 people in attendance. It was a joyful ceremony with those small angels.

A lot of peace ceremonies in Italy this year, and I am sure Caterina and others are having or planning other gatherings, too.

Latter part of April, I am scheduled to meet three different spiritual groups in southern Italy, and happily so, to share the teachings of Mr. Goi and Mrs. Masami Saionji.

I feel like we are needed, to facilitate WPFC, Peace Pole plantings, SOPP, and prayer gatherings here in Italy, much more than past years. Italy is facing a big transformation, a big shift, for sure, and we are supporting the evolution with our prayers.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!
May Peace Be in Italy!
Che la Pace Regni sulla Terra!

Infinite Gratitude and Love,

Sonoko Tanaka
Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society in ITALY

Melvin Giles, the Peace Pole and Peace Bubbles Guy. “May Peace Prevail on Earth”, Minneapolis, MN-USA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

March 2, 2012

Melvin Giles gifts F. W. deKlerk with a small Peace Pole, Augsburg College, Minneapolis on March 2.

Melvin Giles, at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Melvin Giles, offered a small Peace Pole to former S. Africa President and 1993 Nobel Laureate F. W. deKlerk.
Melvin Giles is the Regional Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society.

For St. Paul’s Frogtown native Melvin Giles, the passion is a more peaceful community and world. And he walks the talk.

He has given small Peace Poles to previous Nobel Laureates at the Forum, and this year was no exception.

“May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

UN official plants tree at the Peace Pole at Lake Gardens – MALAYSIA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012


IT was an activity-filled day for United Nations assistant secretary-general for peace-building support, Judy Cheng-Hopkins, during her one-day visit to Taiping recently.
One of her scheduled activities was planting a tree at the Peace Pole site at the scenic Lake Gardens.

Cheng-Hopkins also touched on the three aims of the United Nations — maintaining international peace and security; cooperating in solving international problems, and promoting respect of human rights.

Malaysian-born Cheng-Hopkins was appointed as the United Nations assistant secretary-general for peace-building support on April 17, 2009 by the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
The peace-building support office was established back in 2005 with the objective of assisting and sustaining peace in conflict-prone countries as well as supporting nationally-led peace-building efforts.

Abdul Halim Yahaya presenting a souvenir to Judy Cheng-Hopkins. With them are Shahrom Abd Malik (left) and Beh Yang Toh. Pic by M. Dattaya

Meanwhile, environmental activist and Taiping Peace Initiative founder member Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal briefed those present on the history of Taiping, its numerous heritage buildings and how tourism could play a role in promoting Taiping to the world.

Also present were Perak state executive council member and Kamunting assemblyman Datuk Mohd Zahir Abd Khalid, Taiping Municipal Council president Shahrom Abd Malik, Taiping Peace Initiative chairman Beh Yang Toh and Taiping Tourist Association’s Abdul Halim Yahaya

April is World Poetry Month– Poem entitled: The Peace Pole–by Andrew Benson-SIERRA LEONE

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Each April, the Academy of American Poets creates and distributes—for free—almost 200,000 copies of the current National Poetry Month posters to U.S. schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers to help promote the month-long celebration and to increase poetry awareness.

Celebrate with us!

In honor of The Peace Pole Project and Universal Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Written below is a poem taken from the book, The Peace Pole.
An anthology on war, peace and hope in Sierra Leone
written by Andrew Benson

Poem entitled: The Peace Pole–by Andrew Benson-SIERRA LEONE

Anywhere you find this Peace Pole,
War shall never lend its toll,
For this might be a rare story ever told
By peace lovers of old.
We must all strive to plant Peace Poles
In every corner of the globe,
For war will never be brave or bold
To confront this powerful Peace Pole.
Any where you erect this Peace Pole,
War shall never lend its toll
For war shall never be brave or bold
In the aura and serenity of this mighty Peace Pole
Like prayers that ward off the devil
Whenever it is said in the midst of evil,
War shall never be brave or bold
To challenge this magnificent Peace Pole.
And every seed of peace we sow in the globe,
Will surely grow with the Peace Pole.

Crescenta Valley UMC Peace Pole, California-USA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

April 1, 2012

Snow covered mountains serve as a perfect backdrop for the Peace Pole located outside of Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church.

Peace Pole Japanese Garden – Montreal, Qc, CANADA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

March 29th, 2012

Peace Pole Japanese Garden is located at the Montreal Botanical Garden in Montreal, Qc, Canada.

United Methodist Church plants Peace Pole-Fountain Hill, Arizona-USA

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Arun Gandhi at United Methodist Church for Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony-Fountain Hill, Arizona-USA

The Fountains United Methodist Church was honored to have Arun Gandhi as the keynote speaker at the dedication of its Peace Pole.

Mr. Gandhi, the founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He was in the valley as part of the celebration of World Peace Day (International Day of Peace-September 21st).