Life Onboard
In Pics III: From Greece to Iceland, Oct 10, 2017
Participants working on their craftivism projects.
Participants tried their hand at craftivism' when guest educator Abi Connolly of Oxfam gave an onboard workshop about the subject on 22 September. Craftivism, a portmanteau of craft' and activism', is using the tools and creative aspects of craftwork as a medium for activism. Ms Connolly describes it as a "beautiful, kind, and fair" type of activism, and stressed the power of beauty to draw attention to a causeshe explained that sending something nice, beautiful, and hand-made to a politician, for example, grabs more attention than a typed letter. Together in small groups, participants made green hearts to raise awareness about climate change, or banners to draw attention to an issue of their choice.

The Tehran Peace Museum members posing with guest educator Jasna Bastic (center) at the Japanese culture event.
Four members of the Tehran Peace Museum gave a talk entitled "Telling the Next Generation the Tale of War: Tehran Peace Museum's Approach" as the ship sailed from Barcelona to Lisbon. They presented an overview of the history of Iran and explained the lead-up to and the events of the Iran-Iraq War. The Tehran Peace Museum places a strong focus on the dangers of chemical weapons, and the presenters introduced some of the activities of the museum to raise awareness about this issue, as well as other activities, courses, and workshops held at the museum. While on the ship, they also participated in numerous events including an introduction to Japanese culture.

Mr Tezuka demonstrating how to make nigiri-style sushi.
Guest educator Tezuka Yoshinori, a fourth-generation sushi chef from Tokyo's Matsunozushi, gave a series of lectures and prepared sushi for participants while onboard from the United Kingdom to Iceland. He explained the long history of sushi, how it began to modernize in the Edo Era, and how it is usually served today, as well as related topics such as the system of fish markets in Japan and cost factors for tuna. To make great sushi, he says, a chef should think about each person he or she is serving. Those interested in trying Mr Tezuka's sushi were able to purchase a full dinner or a sample of three pieces over lunch.

At the lecture on asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Mr Lavery standing; Mr Kimura seated.
Kimura Yukihiko, a freelance journalist joining the voyage as a guest educator from Myanmar to Montenegro, held numerous events aboard the ship about the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the current difficulties the region faces with ethnic tension. As ethnic tension and similar issues such as racism play a role in various conflicts and issues around the world, Mr Kimura also contributed to variety of discussions and events around the ship, including a panel that focused on racism against Koreans living in Japan. In one event, Mr Kimura presented with Max Lavery, a law student and communication coordinator for the 95th Voyage, to talk about the rights and legal status of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, and how racism and ethnic tension affect the treatment of refugees.

The northern lights as visible from the 10thdeck of the ship.
The upper decks of the ship were lively well into the morning hours on 5 October as participants, bundled up in thick coats with their breath visible in the cold salty air, watched the northern lights swirl in green strips over the Norwegian Sea. Onboard for this section of the journey was aurora navigator Axel Oskarsson, who explained the phenomenon of the aurora in a lecture the previous day. A special Japanese-style course meal with an aurora theme was also prepared, keeping anticipation of seeing the aurora highand that anticipation paid off when it appeared on the ship's second night in the aurora belt.