Life Onboard
In Pics I: From Japan to Singapore, Aug 28, 2017
Participant Shintani Kizuna tries to convey by gestures to her partner that she's a skunk.
Students from the Peace Boat Global University Special Programme, joining the ship from Yokohama to Yangon, held an Intercultural Communication Workshop open to all participants on August 17. The students spent much of the workshop facilitating communication between the diverse audience members via games and activities, and those attending learned about food, manners, songs, instruments, monuments, and characters from around the world. The event ended with a Talk Through Your Body' game, where participants had to communicate without words.

GET teacher Maria Fernandez-Santos introduces Spanish greetings.
The Global English and Espanol Training (GET) Programme held its first open lectures for those interested in learning English or Spanish, and those wishing to more seriously pursue language study while at sea can register for regular classes. Outside of the GET Programme, many participants are taking classes on Mandarin or Japanese, and have had the opportunity to attend lectures and lessons covering diverse language topics which have so far included an introduction to Korean greetings and an overview of the languages and dialects of Greater China.

Two of the panelists, Matt Douglas and Ichizuka Aiko, discussing their personal experiences.
In a panel discussion entitled "Girls as a Partner for Love" four Peace Boat staff hosted a discussion on the current state of LGBT issues around the world. The panelists discussed their own experiences, and gave audience members the chance to communicate with each other about their own experiences of being in love. Later in the voyage there will be a full series on LGBT issues called "What is Normal?"

Participant and K-pop instructor Matsuri' demonstrates the first new dance move of the day.
One of the participants, Matsuribi Toshitatsu, is hosting a popular ongoing class on K-pop dancing. Those aboard the ship are welcome to book venues around the ship to host events and activities like these. As the ship has made its way over ten days from Yokohama to Singapore, participants have played kendama, learned harmonica, made henna tattoos, and listened to hitchhiking experiences at events like these.

One of the participants performs a traditional Japanese dance in kimono with a folding fan.
Energy was high as the 25 performances at the Peace Boat Talent Show on August 21 left the crowd laughing, cheering, and asking for more. Performances included comedy skits, impressions, music, singing, poetry reading, BMX, dancing, and Tai Chi. Even some of the Guest Educators and the Voyage Director took the stage to provide lighthearted commentary on each of the performances.