Field Trip: August 12-14
NARPI provides a three-day field trip (usually between Sessions 1 and 2) where participants visit sites and meet people that have experienced historical, political, social and cultural conflict and peace. The field trip takes place in the country where NARPI is held.
On Day 1 of the field trip, we will visit sites in the south to learn about the history of the Battle of Okinawa - both from exhibitions at the Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, and also by hearing survivors' stories. On Day 2, we will visit the middle and northern parts of Okinawa to learn about the reality of the U.S. military base issue first hand. We will visit Camp Schwab, Sea of Henoko, and Kin Town, and also have opportunities to hear diverse voices on U.S. military base issues. On Day 3, we will listen to presentations from local peace practitioners and social activists, and then share our ideas for future action together. In the afternoon, there will be free time in Central Naha.
During the 2016 field trip we visited two sites that tell the painful history of conflict in Taiwan: 228 Memorial Museum, and Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park. We also learned about the history and culture of Taiwan by visiting the Old Palace Museum and Night Market. Finally, we saw ongoing peace work in Taiwan through listening from NGO's in Taipei.
During the 2015 field trip we learned about the history and culture of Mongolia by visiting the National History Museum of Mongolia, the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum and the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex. We also visited the Zaisan Memorial, Gandan Monastery, and the Museum for Political Victims, sites that tell the history of conflict in Mogolia. Finally, we saw ongoing NGO work in Mongolia through visiting MONFEMNET, a non-governmental organization firmly based on the principles of human rights and gender equality that works to empower and unify the voice of women in political issues.
In 2014, the field trip was held in Nanjing, China, August 14-16.The first day of the field trip focused on the rich history of Nanjing, with visits to Nanjing Museum and the Presidential Palace, and heard from Xia Shu Qin, a survivor of the Nanjing Massacre. The second day, we continued to learn about the pain of Nanjing memorialized at the Nanjing Massacre Museum (http://www.nj1937.org/). That day we also visited the lesser-known John Rabe House Museum, which shares a powerful story of humanity and hope in the midst of horror. Participants gathered in the evening for a time of reflection and sharing. The final day focused on current NGO work in Nanjing. We visited Amity Foundation to hear an introduction of their work, and also visited a nursing home operated by Amity Foundation. (http://www.amityfoundation.org/).
In 2013, NARPI had a half-day field trip between the two sessions to an observation point and tunnel at the DMZ (de-militarized zone) between North and South Korea. Then, August 17-18, participants learned about restorative justice in a middle school, joined students for a farming/cooking scavenger hunt and had homestays in the town of Toechon. They visited the House of Sharing - a museum and home to former "Comfort Women," survivors of sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific War (1932-1945). On August 19, they visited two peace-related NGOs and had time for sightseeing in Seoul.
In 2012 , participants visited the Peace Museum and Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan to gain an
understanding of the horrors of nuclear warfare and the suffering it causes. On August 17, participants
and facilitators heard addresses by Steve Leeper, Chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation,
and from Sadae Kasaoka, an atomic bomb survivor. On August 18, participants journeyed to Okunojima Island to learn about Japanese manufacture and use
of chemical weapons during World War II.
In 2011, participants visited the House of Sharing and took a tour in the DMZ, including an observatory, a tunnel to the North, and a farming village in the Civilian Control Zone.