Life Onboard
In Pics II: From Singapore to Greece, Sep 22, 2017
Participants offering a hula dance for the crowd.
Peace Boat held a Japanese-style summer festival as the ship sailed north through the Red Sea. In the afternoon sun, participants tried to outlast their opponents in a breath holding contest, out-stomach their opponents in a shaved ice eating competition, and even out-muscle their opponents at a bodybuilding event. One of the halls in the ship was converted to a haunted house, where brave visitors could get their thrills as creatures unknown emerged from the eerie scenery. The sunset gave way to nighttime performances, and participants looked on as performers offered juggling, music, singing, a fashion show, and dances from around the world.

Three panelists from the first session introduce their family history.
As part of the "What is Normal?" series, two panel talks were held with the title "Where am I from?" The event was an opportunity to talk and think about the prejudices or assumptions regarding what it means to be Japanese. Over the two sessions, a total of seven panelists with some relationship to Japan shared their thoughts on language, nationality, and identity. They talked about their own family history; when, where, and with who they use the Japanese language; other languages they use; places they have lived; and gave several anecdotes to explain their background and experiences. As one example, the crowd learned that one of the Communication Coordinators on the ship, who has a Japanese name and speaks Japanese natively, has never lived in Japan.

Chang Haeng performs with diabolo during his show The Panic Art.'
The award-winning juggler, rapper, dancer, and comedian Chang Haeng joined the ship from Sri Lanka to Greece as a guest educator where he performed, gave lectures, and taught the basics of juggling. In his show The Panic Art,' he showed his otherworldly techniques of juggling with balls, rings, pins, and his specialty of diabolo. He gave two lectures about how he became an entertainer, in which he discussed how, in order to advance his juggling career, he made the difficult decision to go from being stateless to becoming a South Korean citizen who had never set foot in the country. He was born in Kyoto, Japan as a Zainichi Korean and his family, who had left Korea during its colonization by Japan and before it was divided, was reluctant to accept that South Korea had become a country.

Panelists recount their experiences at the physical rehabilitation center while in Cambodia.
A panel discussion was organized on the ship by the 35 participants on the 95th Global Voyage who took an overland tour to visit Cambodia to learn about the landmine problem there. The panelists explained the history of war in the region and about the Khmer Rouge, and how and why landmines continue to be a problem for the local people. Those on the tour visited a physical rehabilitation centre, which helps victims of mines, as well as the Cambodia Mine Action Center. Peace Boat works to eliminate landmines through its Peace Boat Mine Abolition Campaign, and the participants contributed by raising money on the ship through a donation campaign and by selling goods from Cambodia. So far, they have raised more than 28,000 yen through their efforts.

The sunrise casting an orange hue over the canal and the Egyptian desert.
Eleven days after leaving port at Sri Lanka, Peace Boat began the European section of its voyage as it passed from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal. Participants woke up before dawn in anticipation of the beautiful scenery and the front deck was packed as the sun peaked up over the Egyptian horizon. Merchants were welcomed aboard the ship and offered Egyptian souvenirs to interested onlookers. Groups of people on land occasionally called out greetings to the ship, and participants responded with waves and their own hellos. A barbeque was held on the back deck, and people grilled meat and vegetables while enjoying the views along the canal and live music.