2 Days ‘Til CARP America Goes to Japan!

It’s 6 pm on Monday, May 23rd. The lovely California sun is still shining brightly. There is soft Ghibli music playing in the background competing with the sounds of a printer that is hard at work. Five diligent CARP students have been working hard since morning. All day, they’ve been printing and binding booklets that will be used during the upcoming Japan trip that include reading material for morning devotion, the schedule, and song lyrics in Japanese, Korean, and English.

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IMG_3767So many preparations to make and so little time left!

The printer rumbled several times as if to protest that it’s working too hard. We had to give it a break every 20 minutes. We were only halfway done and the printer was already tired! But patience and good team work got the job done.

IMG_3765IMG_3760An American flag and beautiful sakura flowers grace the covers of the booklets. These two symbols, representing America and Japan, demonstrate two nationalities, two cultures coming together.

 

Despite the long printing process, there was constant laughter. You could feel a sense of excitement in the air, knowing that in a few days, we will be flying over the Pacific Ocean for a 13-hour flight before arriving in Japan, half way across the world.

 

 

We ended the day with a well-deserved break with boba tea and a great feeling of accomplishment 🙂

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th, there will be an orientation for those from America going on this Intercultural Exchange trip.

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Honoring CARP’s Legacy

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Every Thursday we’re presenting a blast from the past, a ‘throwback Thursday’ edition to celebrate, honor, and remember CARP’s rich 50-year history. Check out our Facebook page ‘CARP Life’ for more updates!

If you have a story or testimony with CARP, share it here!

7/14 Throwback:

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Here is a page from “An Introduction to one of America’s most Significant Collegiate Organizations,” that summarizes CARP’s programs and purpose. Renowned CARP lecturer, Beverly Berndt, is pictured on the bottom left sharing about the Parallels of History and the significance of the time we’re living in. 

7/7 Throwback:

In the May/June 1982 edition of CARP Monthly, we found this page where the caption reads, “above: Blue Tune Band in their Deutschland-Tour. (This photo was used for greeting cards). below: Lead singer, Joe Taylor (middle) with Blue Tune in a professional setting.”

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6/30 Throwback:

Akiko Ikeno takes the mic at the Pure Love Alliance Benefit March in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 1997. Thousands of young people attended the event which promoted purity and family values. 

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6/23 Throwback:

Upon reviewing archives, we found a copy of the CARP “World Student Times” from April 1976. The editorial at the top, “The New Tradition for Youth” is transcribed here. 

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6/16 Throwback: 

Here’s a flyer from the first CARP chapter in the United States, Columbia CARP! We found this gem in our archives and we think it’s from the late 1970’s. It’s refreshing to see we’re still teaching about how Unification Principles develops us as people who care for others. 

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6/9 Throwback:

Our Elder Brother Hyo Jin Nim delivering his passionate speech at the Berlin Wall Oktober 1986 telling the CARP members and all the people gathered that there is room for everybody in God’s Heart.

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6/2 Throwback:

CARP speaks out publicly against communism at the White House 1983.

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5/26 Throwback:

National Director of CARP, Joon Ho Seuk delivers his message during the “Unificationism and the Martial Arts” tour in 1983.

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5/19 Throwback:

After a successful event, Henri Schauffler, Mike Smith, Dan Fefferman, Tiger Park, and Joon Hyun Park lead a victory cheer. 03.001


5/12 Throwback:

David Eaton featured in “The people who join CARP” in the World Student Times

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Interview with Jermaine Bishop

jermaineJermaine Bishop joined the army when he was 20 years old. Afterwards he worked in the culinary industry but decided to go back to school to study something else, ending up in Los Angeles.

On his first day on the campus of Pasadena Community College, he met Naoko Hiraki, who asked him a series of deep questions like, “Why are we here on the earth?” and, “What’s the purpose of all things?”

Jermaine took the time to answer these questions and was invited to learn more by studying the Divine Principle and the autobiography of Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Jermaine came to appreciate this content and the sense of purpose that he felt from being around Naoko and her family.

“Before this, I had bounced around from city to city because I was looking for something and I found it in this group studying Divine Principle. Every single day we would sit together in the cafeteria and hang out together.”

A year later, Jermaine joined the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) and eventually became the Vice President. Next week, Jermaine will be joining the CARP Los Angeles chapter on a cultural exchange trip to Japan, and we took some time to get to know Jermaine and what this trip means to him.

How has your experience in CARP been so far?

I became way more involved than I ever thought I would be. I grew more and deepened my understanding of the purpose behind Rev. Moon’s message, and what truly made him ‘True Father.’ I came to understand what makes him special and stand out from other leaders. I took more ownership and responsibility. I felt a strong urge to share this with people, almost like an addiction. I saw so many people who are suffering and do not even know why they’re suffering. It wasn’t something I would do for me, but something for others. That’s how I began to appreciate my role in CARP.

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CARP members at a service project.

What are you studying?

I am a biology student. I really love science and it’s cool to understand the world. I can understand the harmony of the world and relate it back to God. Most people think that science disproves God. I like the way the Divine Principle looks at science and how it goes hand-in-hand with religion.

What inspired you to join this trip to Japan?

Actually, I wasn’t supposed to go on this trip. I wanted to use my money to go home to visit my family because I had promised them that I would visit during the summer. I also had a summer class that I wanted to take. Naoko had asked me many times to go on the trip to Japan, but I said, “No, school is my priority.” However, I ended up not being able to take the class. I was really sad but I knew Naoko would say, “This is from God. God wants you to go.” So I ended up buying my ticket to Japan.

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CARP Los Angeles members out on a hike in nature (Jermaine is pictured on the right).

I then told my mother that I would not be able to visit and she was really sad. But then I told her it was because I had decided to go to Japan with the CARP group and she was really happy for me. My family never really had the chance to travel and go to different places. She is really proud of me and the fact that I am being exposed to so many things. I told her I would just come home for Christmas instead. It all worked out.

Why do you think this exchange program is valuable to young people like yourself?

I think it is important because it expands your worldview. It is an opportunity to see that there are so many people in the world. There are so many ways in which we can approach things. The way we feel and the way we love can all be unique and different. However, it is also important to find the similarities and appreciate that as well.

What are you most excited about regarding this trip?

I’m excited to meet the Japanese CARP members and see how and why they joined. I also want to see how they do things differently. I want to see what Naoko went through when she was a part of CARP in Japan during her youth. Many of the CARP alumni talk about being members of CARP Japan during their youth and how intense and hardcore it was. I’m excited to see that in action. Other than that, I am excited to go to a tea shop. I really like Japanese tea. I also like the geography and the architecture.

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Cultural Exchange Trip with Japan

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6/6 UPDATE: THANK YOU!
Upon returning to the United States after an incredible experience, the visionary behind this intercultural exchange, Naoko Hiraki, shares her gratitude for the trip and the impact it had on the students. This was such a transformational experience for the students and it has prompted much more collaboration between Japan, America, and Korea. There is more to come! Thank you, especially, to the donors and contributors who made this possible. 
 
Yumi Go from CARP Korea gave a heart-felt testimony on why she chose to become active in CARP, “I realized that I am not alone. That there are brothers and sisters like you all around the world walking next to me towards the same goal. If we work alone, it can get lonely and the path can be difficult. But let us remember that we are not alone. If we join hands and walk together, we can achieve many great things!”
 
VIDEO UPDATE: Part 1 of our trip

 

The students visited Manhattan Center Japan where Hyo Jin Moon (CARP’s past World CARP President) dedicated much time to developing his talents to serve the world. They even had a chance to share joy and fun in attending Disneyland while the leaders met for a strategic meeting on how to share resources between CARP in Korea, Japan, and America. 
 
 
6/1 UPDATE: Enjoying Kyoto
Students had the opportunity to visit landmark sites in Japan including the ‘Golden Pavilion’ and a famous Buddhist temple.
 
“I thought, ‘Wow America is really working hard! We have to do our best too!’ The testimonies were very good. I was amazed that students went out on campus and directly introduced content from the Divine Principle. This can only be possible because of the Christian foundation in America. Japan and America are different in some ways, but we are both moved by the Divine Principle. I realized once again that there is no doubt that the True Parents are truly the parents of all humankind.” – Sayakaread more!
 
5/30 VIDEO UPDATE: Part 1 of our Trip

UPDATE: Partnerships
Today the group had a chance to hear a presentation from the “Tomadachi Initiative” which is a similar program to CARP. It aims to foster appreciation between the cultures of America and Japan and develop globally-minded citizens. The students also were well taken care of by the Chairman of the Blessed Families Federation in Japan, Rev. Song, and his team who welcomed them with a buffet lunch and gifts. Mr. Otsuka also gave a presentation on his experience with CARP and his nickname of…read more!
  
5/29 UPDATE: Outreach
tree (2)“I was talking to the people and there was so much that I wanted to say but due to language barrier I was not able to fully get my feelings across. That reminded me of some of the Japanese mothers back in America. Even though they could not understand or speak the language so well, they still poured their heart out…Read more
 

sightseeingEveryone woke up in high spirits today despite the pouring rain outside. Some of the guys went running in the rain while others did exercises indoors. We gathered in the morning to read some words from the autobiography of CARP’s Founder and our True Father. One of the passages that stood out was…Read more!

 
5/27 UPDATE: Brothers & Sisters Under the Same Parents 

As part of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Ceremony, a Japanese and an American CARP member  unite.

“I felt that the members of CARP and J-CARP were like my family. Wherever I went, I always felt at home. No matter what struggles you face, don’t give up because someday you will meet someone like me who really needs to hear what you have to say about God. Never give up!”

 
After a long flight and a bus ride to their destination for the night, the team gathered to offer their gratitude and prayers. It’s been a long day for them with traveling but there is lots of anticipation as their experience in Japan begins. What a cool experience to travel together with 30+ other people who you know! Read more here.
 
 
 
5/25 UPDATE: Our Journey Begins 
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Naoko Hiraki, the main organizer for this trip and Advisor for the CARP LA chapter, shared a few words on the importance of this trip:
 

“Thank you so much for coming. When you go to Japan, you will feel the difference. There are many difficulties there, but I want you to encourage CARP Japan. That is the greatest goal and motivation for this trip. Japan has a lot of history, so we also want to inherit the spiritual treasures in Japan.” Read more here.

 
Get ready for daily updates as we experience the beauty, history, and heart of Japan as our students travel there for the next 2 weeks!
 
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“You could feel a sense of excitement in the air, knowing that in a few days, we will be flying over the Pacific Ocean for a 13-hour flight before arriving in Japan, half way across the world.”
 
Get a taste of the participants’ joy as they prepare for their much anticipated trip to Japan. Read more here!
 
Video Interview with ChungBom Katayama, CARP Las Vegas Member 

ChungBom Katayama from CARP Las Vegas shares his reasons for joining CARP Los Angeles on their upcoming trip to Japan. At the top of his list is the opportunity to exchange best practices with CARP Japan as the groups discover the similarities and differences between each other’s cultures, work styles, and motivations. Watch the video here!

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Why do you think this exchange program is valuable to young people like yourself?

“I think it is important because it expands your worldview. It is an opportunity to see that there are so many people in the world. There are so many ways in which we can approach things.

The way we feel and the way we love can all be unique and different. However, it is also important to find the similarities and appreciate that as well…read more here!

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The Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles chapter in Los Angeles (CARP LA) was established a year ago, and Hitoe Hiraki, a 22-year-old junior at Pasadena City College, has been its president for the past year. This is her last semester there before transferring to California State University, and she’s ending her term as CARP LA president by organizing an epic cultural exchange trip to Japan from May 25 – June 6. We took some time to speak with Hitoe and ask her some questions about her hopes for this trip, and how she plans for this exchange to leave a legacy at CARP in LA…read more here!  
 
 
4/30 UPDATE: First Update!
la carpThirty CARP members will be visiting Japan from May 25 to June 6 to develop global bonds and inherit the foundation of CARP in Japan. These members include CARP students from all over the United States. Korean CARP members also heard about this initiative and plan to go to support, too! They need our prayers, support, and donations. 
 
You can offer your contribution here: https://www.gofundme.com/CARPLAgoestoJAPAN/donate
 
Stay tuned here for updates!
 
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