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SUA’s logo depicts the nib of a pen flanked by the wings of a legendary Chinese bird that can fly great distances and that comes to earth only where there is something precious. The pen represents wisdom and the wings symbolize the ability to put knowledge and wisdom into the service of humanity.

SUA's colors are royal blue, white and gold.

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Mascot

SUA's official mascot is the lion, a symbol of courage and strength.

The Chinese characters for Lion can individually be read as "sound alike" words mentor and student - an appropriate symbol for a university that prides itself on nurturing each student's potential.

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Songs

On the Path of Peace Student Song (Sung by SUA Students, 2014)

On The Path Of Peace Piano Version

The Light of Hope (Sung by SUA Students, 2014)     

The Light of Hope Piano Version

"On the Path of Peace" Video from Commencement 2011

"The Light of Hope Video" presented to Soka University in 2011 in celebration of our 10th Anniversary by our Founder, Daisaku Ikeda


"On the Path of Peace" Student Song created by the SUA Song Committee in 2008.

lyrics and music by SUA Song Committee


Verse 1:

The dreams that came before us are engraved in travertine.
Let us cherish what is given and embark on this endeavor.

Thousand-colored banners wave amid unceasing winds.
As champions of one world, we bear this staff together.

Love shines within those that seek common ground.

Chorus:

Our footsteps in the present will be paths of peace one day.
Meeting the eyes of others, humanity embraced.
Our hearts create momentum, our hands provide the way.

Verse 2:

Our pen expounds a future, drawing wisdom from within.
Forging scholars firm in action, guarding arts of liberty.

The lion's noble call summons justice to its feet.
The roar of our conviction echoes through eternity.

Hope swells within hearts that act despite fear.

Chorus:

Our footsteps in the present will be paths of peace one day.
Meeting the eyes of others, humanity embraced.
Our hears create momentum, our hands provide the way.

                             (x 3)

"On the Path of Peace" - Documentary on the creation of the School Song

"Performance of Appreciation for our Beloved Seniors" - PABS Documentary on SUA tradition of music and song in appreciation of graduating seniors

The Light of Hope - Presented to Soka University by Founder Daisaku Ikeda in 2011 in commemoration of SUA's 10th Anniversary

lyrics by Shin’ichi Yamamoto

music by Shin’ichi Yamamoto and Wayne Green

1

In the morning mist courageously I stand

Determined to fulfill the dance of my mission.

All at once the sun appears above the hill

And our campus is bathed in gold.

O LIGHT OF HOPE!

Arise from here

Keep shining on

Beyond a thousand years!

On every path, in every stone

Resides the founding spirit

This spirit is my own:

For the sake of the people

I will study and learn

Fearlessly and without cease.

And for the world,

Create a new future of

Happiness for humankind.

It is my earnest vow

To climb the steep hill of learning

In pursuit of my youthful dreams!

2

A determined youth emerges from the earth.

The beating pulse of life

Grows stronger as we gather,

Global citizens uniting here as friends.

And triumphant, the day begins.

THE LIGHT OF HOPE

Here and now it starts

As youthful passion

Burning in our hearts.

No education surpasses that

Of trials and hardships,

Harsh lessons learned of life.

We’ll go into society

And do the best we can

To shatter the dark of night!

To live a life

Engaged in new construction,

Our hearts forever bound as one.

Today we live our vow

Creating bridges of dialogue

So justice may be done!

3

Underneath a shining canopy of stars

We ponder the words of thinkers through the ages:

“My young friends,

I entrust my dreams to you.

I am counting on you”

To spread THE LIGHT OF HOPE

Throughout the world

To be the change that finally unfurls

The gleaming banner of humanity,

The flag of freedom, for all the world to see.

Be philosophers who bring about

A renaissance of life!

Open the way for peace!

This wounded world

Awaits us all

If our courageous hearts will heed the call.

I offer and dedicate to you

The pride of an indomitable life

Committed to the achievement

Of one’s youthful vow.

I offer and dedicate to you

THE LIGHT OF HOPE

That rises above all hardships

And makes every dream come true!

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