Port of Call
Sharing Cultures and Spreading a Message of Peace - Peace Boat's 94th Global Voyage Visits Nicaragua, Jun 28, 2017
Peace Boat participants are welcomed to Nicaragua by children in traditional dancing attire.
Arriving in the port town of Corinto, Nicaragua, Peace Boat's 94th Voyage for Peace and Sustainability received a very warm welcome, with music, drums and dancing by performers from local schools. The visit allowed Peace Boat participants to experience some of the flavour of the Nicaraguan culture with performers in bright and colourful costumes. Clementine Yap from Singapore treasured the moment, saying "It was such a lovely surprise because I thought we would be giving to them, but they gave to us - they welcomed us with a gift, dance and a smile".

The Nicaraguan children were able to try on kimonos and see their names written in Japanese.
The occasion gave rise to a cultural exchange, where Nicaraguans were also able to try out koma (a wooden spinning top game), dress in kimonos and see their names written in Japanese calligraphy. Watanabe Rika, the 94th Voyage's International Director said, "It was good to see the Peace Boat participants try on the Nicaraguan costumes and for the locals to wear the kimonos - to share these experiences was really special".

Absalón Martínez, Mayor of Corinto, welcomes atomic bomb survivors to the city.
The mayor of Corinto, Absalón Martínez, also welcomed to the city Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings), who have joined the 94th Voyage to travel around the world to call for a nuclear free world and nuclear weapons to be abolished. Hibakusha Mise Seiichiro was able to share their message by giving his testimony from when the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. He called on Nicaraguans to support United Nations negotiations that are currently taking place at UN headquarters in New York, to establish a ban on nuclear weapons with the participation of governments, international organisations and civil society. This new international agreement will place nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been outlawed.

Hibakusha Mise Seiichiro from Nagasaki shares his testimony with Nicaraguan youth.
Youth Communicator of the Hibakusha project, Suzuki Keina, also called on those present to sign the Hibakusha Appeal - through which Hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki collect signatures from people around the world who back them in making the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty a reality. During the 94th voyage they have collected over 1000 signatures so far. This support from individuals and organisations around the world is evidence of people seeking a peaceful world.