Life Onboard
In Pics III: Mauritius to Rio de Janeiro, Jan 20, 2017
Welcoming the New Year on Peace Boat
On January 1, 2017, Peace Boat welcomed in the New Year with traditional Japanese festivities. Tim Cole and Bao Bao Chen, two guest educators, and Captain Anders Andersson participated in kagami-wari - breaking open a barrel of sake (Japanese wine) - on the deck. Participants also pounded rice to make special mochi (rice cakes) which were enjoyed by all. "This is my first time trying New Year's mochi - they are so delicious!" exclaimed Shereen Lee, a participant from Singapore.

Mozambican performers as Peace Boat docked in Maputo
Peace Boat docked in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, on January 7, 2017. That evening, a lively event was held onboard to showcase Mozambican culture to participants. The performances included an array of traditional music, dancing and clothing, which were met with rapturous applause from the audience. Singer Linito and the Manghunuta Girls also treated participants to several Marabenta songs - the genre of music which symbolized the Mozambican liberation movement during the nineteen sixties and seventies.

Coming of Age celebrations at sea
On 13 January 13, 2017, Peace Boat celebrated Coming of Age day, a traditional Japanese festival which celebrates young people's entry into adulthood. In Japan, adulthood is generally considered to begin from age 20. Ishida Pisari, Shimoda Sachi and Higuchi Ibuki - all turning 20 in 2017 - were lucky enough to celebrate the special occasion onboard Peace Boat as it sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. They all agreed it was an unforgettable experience.

Onboard workshop on the basic concepts of Islam
Samiha Arshad, a Global Espanol and English Training (GET) instructor introduced participants to the basic concepts of Islam through a short presentation and discussion session. She explained the different beliefs and customs which are central to the religion, as well as practices such as Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during daylight hours for a period of 30 days to develop patience and empathy for those who live in hunger and poverty. "I was fascinated to hear that Muslims all pray facing the same direction. I love the idea of millions of strangers across the world being united through this simple act", commented Horiba Maki, a participant who attended the event.

Peace Boat's Summer Festival
As Peace Boat approached Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, everyone celebrated the warm weather at the onboard summer festival. Events included an arm wrestling competition, a yukata (summer kimono) contest, a kakigori (shaved-ice) eating race, and a haunted house. The festivities continued into the night with a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade, followed by several traditional Japanese summer dances, such as bon odori and awa odori. "I was thrilled to be one of the winners in the yukata contest - I only had two days to learn my dance but I'm so glad I did it!" commented Umeno Megumi, a Peace Boat participant.