Part I — Editor's introduction

From 13 December 1985 to 13 January 1986, Sri Chinmoy gave a total of nine concerts in Tokyo, Kamakura, Nagoya, Kyoto, Fukuyama, Hiroshima and Beppu as part of a worldwide Peace Concert series begun in 1984. The following pages record some of the peace activities of Sri Chinmoy and his students during the Japan concert tour, including messages for the people of Japan, interviews with eminent Japanese, songs composed during the trip and press and television coverage. Through these many diverse events Sri Chinmoy offered his universal message of peace to the people of Japan. In so doing, he expressed his love for the nation whose own unique message of peace he deeply reveres.

Record of peace activities

December 13, 1985 — January 13, 1986

December 16, 1985 — Peace Concert, Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo

December 18, 1985 — Meeting with Toshihiko Seko, Japanese champion marathon runner, Tokyo

December 18, 1985 — Peace Concert, Kamakura City Public Hall, Kamakura

December 19, 1985 — Marathon in honour of Nakamura, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

December 19, 1985 — Peace Concert, Science Hall, Tokyo

December 20, 1985 — Meeting with Councillor Tokuma Utsunomiya at the House of Councillors, National Diet of Japan, Tokyo

December 27, 1985 — Peace Concert, Oita Prefecture Youth Hall, Beppu

January 1, 1986 — Hiroshima/Miyajima swim in honour of the United Nations international Year of Peace, Hiroshima

January 3, 1986 — Peace Concert, Miroku no Sato, Fukuyama

January 4, 1986 — Interview with Nippon Hoso Kyokai (National Broadcasting Association), Fukuyama

January 5, 1986 — Peace Meditation and Balloon Release at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima

January 5, 1986 — Peace Concert and performance of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Cantata at the Hiroshima Prefecture Cultural Centre. Hiroshima

January 6, 1986 — Nagasaki swim in honour of the United Nations international Year of Peace, Nagasaki

January 7, 1986 — Sri Chinmoy completes 2,230 push-ups in 59 minutes, 40 seconds, Kyoto

January 8, 1986 — World Record for continuous pogo stick jumping set by Ashrita Furman (18.6 kilometres up Mt. Fuji)

January 8, 1986 — Peace Concert, Kyoto Furitsu Cultural Arts Hall, Kyoto

January 10, 1986 — Peace Concert, Tokyo University, Tokyo

January 11, 1986 — Kyoto Marathon, Nijo Castle, Kyoto

January 11, 1986 — Peace Concert, Aichi Prefecture, Women's Cultural Hall, Nagoya

January 12, 1986 — Meeting with Akishige Matsumoto, Honourary Doctor of Laws, Chairman of the Central Executive Office of the Japan Republic Association