Tour of the Fatherland for
Representatives from Japan and the USA
7 - 10 November 2002
The 1st Day (Thursday 7 November 2002)
Today, representatives from Japan and the USA started a special program by
participating in the five o'clock hoondokhae with True Parents at Hannam Official
There, True Father stressed the importance of sharing one heart, one body and one
mindset centering on God.
He also explained the meaning of the Holy Burning Ceremony and then went on to
form trinities among Korean, Japanese and American leaders, representing the
Blessing at the family level.
Thereafter, True Parents had photographs taken with each ten trinities.
Following a brief visit to the Independence Hall at Cheonan, the tour group
stopped over in Namwon, famous as the site of the well-known story of Chun Hyang.
The 2nd Day (Friday 8 November 2002)
The 5 o'clock hoondokhae began with a 20-minute reading in Korean by National
Messiah to Slovakia Rev. Kim Sung-won, followed by another 20 minutes in Japanese
by Tokyo regional leader Sano Kunio, concluding with the final 20 minutes in
English by Indiana State leader Jack Harford. The closing prayer was offered by
FFWPU USA President Rev. Michael Jenkins.
The group left Ilseong Jirisan Condominium early in the morning and ascended
Mount Jiri all the way up to Nogodan in the snow! They victoriously returned to
the buses with their heads covered in snowflakes, departing from North Cholla
Province for South Gyeongsang Province, arriving in Tongyeong City in the
afternoon to board a ferry boat for a cruise around the waters where Admiral Yi
Sun-shin fought his famous battle against the Japanese invaders.
The day ended with the group's arrival at Bugok Ilseong Condominium, where the
newly formed trinities began "living together" by sharing the same rooms for the
night. The following day's schedule consists of a visit to Gyeongju, the ancient
capital of the Shilla Kingdom.
The 3rd Day (Saturday 9 November 2002)
The tour group's daily schedule began as usual with hoondokhae at 5 a.m. starting
with the Korean reading of twenty minutes by Bridgeport regional leader Rev. Yang
Young-taek, followed by twenty minutes of Japanese reading by Kananawa leader
Yashuji Takahashi, and concluding with the last twenty minutes in English by
Maryland State leader Edwin Cornier. The closing prayer was offered by Ishikawa
regional leader Yabusame Hironori.
After breakfast, the group departed from Bugok Ilseong Condo for Gyeongju in
order to visit Seokkuram and Bulguksa, two world cultural heritage sites listed
by UNESCO. Gyeongju was formerly the ancient capital city of the Shilla Kingdom,
which revered Buddhism and therefore built up both sites as sacred places of
Stopping for a delicious lunch of "Samgyetang" (Ginseng Chicken broth), the group
continued their tour of the Fatherland by heading north along the East Coast,
reaching Seorak Ilseong Condo by nightfall.
After a sumptuous dinner, the group were warmly welcomed by Kangwon Federations
Chairman Rev. Pak Won-geun, who is also the national messiah to Denmark. He
offered a closing prayer for the unity of the Father nation of Korea, the Mother
nation of Japan, and the Elder Son nation of America. The following day's
schedule will include the ascent of Mount Seorak.
The 4th day (Sunday 10 November 2002)
The day began at the Seminar Room of the Ilseong Seoraksan Condominium with the
first five o'clock service using the New Family Pledge prefixing each of the
eight verses with the phrase "Cheon Il Guk Ju In" (As the owners of the Cheon Il
Guk...) introduced by True Father at the 43rd True Children's Day commemorative
service five days ago.
Thereafter, representative testimonies were given by:
Adam National Messiah to Slovakia Rev. Kim Sung-won;
Headquarters Family Department Director Shirai Tamio representing
the Mother Nation of Japan;
Kunma Regional Leader Shimura Teizo representing the Mother
Nation of Japan;
North Carolina representative David Rogers;
Christian Minister Rev. Walter Battle representing the Elder
Son Nation of America.
Headquarters Planning Department Director Ahn Ho-yul representing
the Father Nation of Korea;
Particularly the last testimony caught the attention of the audience
when a very enthusiastic member of the Japanese delegation gave a most
lively simultaneous interpretation from English into Japanese, punctuated
throughout with Allelujahs and Amens, providing us all perhaps with an
immediate example of Il Shim, Il Che, Il Nyeom (One Heart, One Body and
Following a sumptuous breakfast at 7 a.m., many Japanese brothers
had to leave directly for Incheon International Airport for their return
flights to the Motherland, amidst many an emotional farewell from their
newly-found American brothers. The remaining members of the pilgrimage
tour group departed from the Ilseong Seorak Condominium at 8 a.m. to
ascend the heights of Mount Seorak in order to witness its glory and
Upon arrival at Mount Seorak, the group had to make a cable car
reservation at the overcrowded national park, before using the extra
waiting hour to enjoy the sea air and to buy seaweed and cuttlefish at
the beach by the Naksan Temple a fifteen-minute drive away.
Mount Seorak is an extremely popular holiday destination on the coast
of the East Sea (Dong Hae) between the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the
Thirty-Eighth Parallel. It was no wonder then that the return journey to
Seoul lasted many hours stretching from lunchtime to dinnertime as the
tour buses crawled through very heavy traffic that Sunday afternoon. In
fact, it was not until ten in the evening that the tired but happy
participants trooped into Sutaek-ri Central Training Center to spend
Sunday night before many of them would be whisked early next morning to
Incheon International Airport for their return flights home.
Pictures by Ken Owens
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