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Sapporo Soka Kindergarten
April 11, 2018

43rd entrance ceremony


Sapporo Soka Kindergarten held its 43rd entrance ceremony at Prince and Princess Hall at 10 a.m. on April 9, 2018.

The new students, dressed in their new uniforms, entered the hall while being warmly watched over by many parents and guests. The new students for the three-year-old student classes walked into the hall, hand-in-hand with their parents, and the new four-year-old students entered in a straight line, mimicking a little train, while the new students for the five-year-old student classes were all smiles as they marched in, hand-in-hand, with their classroom teacher.

Following a welcome speech by student representatives from the five-year-old children, the students and teachers used their hands to perform a delightful rendition of the song, Musunde Hiraite ("Open and Close"). After the song, everyone in the hall stood up and bowed in unison. All the children then sang the kindergarten song, Tsuyoku Tadashiku Nobinobito ("Be Strong, Righteous, and Free"). To close out the ceremony, Principal Kakuuchi introduced the guests and teachers, exhibited some gifts, and delivered a message from founder Dr. Daisaku Ikeda. In his heartfelt message, the founder said to the children that joined the 43rd entrance ceremony: "In order to grow and strengthen the 'roots' of your heart, value these three words: 'Good morning', 'Never give up', and 'Thank you'."

As for now, Sapporo Soka Kindergarten has begun an enjoyable new class—it’s much like a "fairy tale castle full of dreams and hope." The teachers and staff look forward to the new children cheerfully attending kindergarten.


Children dressed in their new uniforms entering the hall like a little train


Welcome speech by student representatives from the five-year-old children


Children and teachers enjoying moving their hands in rhythm to the song


Principal delivering a message from the founder