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The ports of call on this voyage from China to Japan introduce us to the rich historical and cultural diversity of the western Pacific. 5,000 years of Chinese history collected in the National Palace Museum in Taipei; the unique crafts and music of the people of Ishigaki; the legacy of the Ryuku kingdom represented in the UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle on Okinawa; the samurai houses of Chiran; the Fujisan Sengen shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji; the Kumano Shinto shrines near Shingu – these are just some of the fascinating places you may visit along our way from Hong Kong to Osaka.
As we explore the natural and cultural heritage of the distant past of islands we visit, we will also attend to a more recent chapter in their history. World War II was without doubt the defining event of the 20th century – realigning the balance of power both in Europe and in Asia, and establishing the United States as a global superpower. As we sail – metaphorically – in the wake of General Douglas MacArthur on his way to accept Japanese surrender in 1945, our guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst, will guide us in an exploration of the origins and conduct of the war and consider with us how the war has shaped the world in which we live.
Departure Date: 27 September 2019 to 10 October 2019
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Departure Port: Hong Kong
Arrival Port: Osaka
Ship: Le Laperouse
As we combine an introduction to the historical legacy of China and Japan with an in depth look at World War II in the Pacific, some of the highlights of our voyage:
- A series of lectures and discussions with historians James Bradley and Philip Hurst
- An included, specially arranged meeting with survivors and successors at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima
- The opportunity to discover landmark iconic sites of Japanese culture, ranging from the distant past through to the present day
- Optional excursions to sites connected to World War II, including a museum in Chiran dedicated to Kamikaze pilots
James Bradley is a New York Times number one best-selling author and a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of that event is the world’s most reproduced photo. Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood told their father-son story in their movie Flags of Our Fathers. James has been traveling in and learning about Asia since 1974.
America’s best-selling Pacific historian, Bradley’s first book, Flags of Our Fathers, chronicled the lives of the boys who raised the flag on Iwo Jima; his second, Flyboys: A True Story of Courage, detailed the air war in the Pacific and the dramatic story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s close escape from capture and death; his third, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War, tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt promoted the Japanese Monroe Doctrine for Asia; and his fourth, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia, tells of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attitudes towards China in the lead-up to World War II in the Pacific.
Bradley is currently working on his fifth book, which focuses on the early years of World War II in Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. An acclaimed professional speaker who has entertained thousands, he brings Pacific history alive.
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