For the third year running, Peace Boat is collaborating with the Green Foundation, Korea's largest environmental organisation, for the third Peace and Green Boat voyage - Peace Boat’s 65th Voyage for Peace. Focusing on sustainable lifestyles and the historical reconciliation issues faced by the East Asian region, the voyage will again bring together hundreds of Japanese and Korean citizens to share their common visions of a peaceful and sustainable future for East Asia.

Departing Kobe on November 21, 2008 and returning to Hiroshima on November 28, 2008, we will first visit Okinawa's Ishigaki Island, now the centre of controversy regarding the effects of a proposed new airport constriction on the island's economy and environment. We will here have the opportunity to hear the wisdom and traditions of the island's elders, particularly regarding their coexistence and deep connection with the land and its surrounding ocean and reefs.

From Okinawa, the ship will sail to Keelung in Taiwan, an island with a history of hardship which was finally able to accomplish democratization. Focusing on relationships between not only Japan and Korea but also China and Taiwan, we will concentrate our attention on building a “Conflict-free Asia”.

Next, to Busan, the largest port city in the Republic of Korea and the foundation of much of Korea's ancient culture. There will also be the chance to visit Hapcheon, where many of the Hiroshima Bomb survivors currently reside.

Finally, the voyage will end in Hiroshima, the first city to experience the devastation of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. While aiming for a nuclear-free future, the Peace and Green Boat will here disseminate the messages of Peace developed throughout the voyage.

300 Korean and 300 Japanese participants, along with a number of guest speakers with varied expertise and backgrounds, will participate in the voyage. Special study and exchange programmes will be carried out in port, while lectures, panel discussions, workshops and other educational activities will be organized onboard.
Voyage Itinerary
  • 21 November, 2008
    Kobe, Japan
  • 27 November, 2008
    Busan, Republic of Korea
  • 24 November, 2008
    Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan
 
  • 28 November, 2008
    Hiroshima, Japan
  • 25 November, 2008
    Keelung, Taiwan