The Banner of Victory

“Their spirit to fight until the last moment had secured their victory.”

“Each day is a battlefield, and our struggle
is one waged through steady, tenacious
activities for kosen-rufu.”[1]Kosen-rufu: Our Mission, vol. 1, p. 225.
—Daisaku Ikeda
Yokahama, Japan, November 12, 1961. Photo: Seikyo Press.
Yokahama, Japan, November 12, 1961. Photo: Seikyo Press.

In November 1961, a magnificent force of 185,000 youth gathered in Japan for the 10th Young Men’s Division and 9th Young Women’s Division General Meetings.

At both the National Sports Stadium in Tokyo and the Mitsuzawa Athletic Stadium in Yokohama where the meetings were held, a large banner with the Japanese word for “Victory” was displayed. This was the Soka Gakkai’s theme for the following year and described the victorious feelings of each young man and woman who attended these gatherings.

Noticing this grand “Victory” sign the morning of the young men’s division general meeting, President Ikeda asked about the members who had prepared it, learning of the intense struggle waged in constructing the banner.

On the morning of November 4, a team of young men created a wooden frame around the scoreboard at the National Sports Stadium. They had completed the frame by 3:30 p.m., but when they tried to attach the banner to it, rain began to pour, delaying the project. When they unfurled the banner, they realized that it had become very wrinkled. They also noticed that the height of the banner was not long enough to cover the scoreboard. As the rain continued to pour, the young men began putting together blue cloth to cover the bottom of the scoreboard. Due to these last-minute obstacles, they worked long into the night to resolve everything.

After completing their work, they chanted together for the absolute success of the meeting and the banner. When they returned to the stadium early the next morning, they saw that the rain had smoothed out all of the wrinkles in the banner. Their spirit to fight until the last moment had secured their victory. (See The New Human Revolution, vol. 5, pp. 167–69)


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1 Kosen-rufu: Our Mission, vol. 1, p. 225.