Unification News for September 2002

True Mother's Speaking Tour in Japan - Osaka

What is noteworthy about the Osaka event was there were many more participants from the South Korean Association in Japan, as well as more women leaders than at other events. About 600 VIPs attended. In his opening remarks the IIFWP Chairman, Mr. Oyamada, introduced Dr. and Mrs. Moon as the True Parents, and thus Messiah, who have resolved the tangled issues of the ages. The audience welcomed True Mother with a standing ovation.

This time Mother spoke about the declaration including some essence of Principle, besides the messages from the spirit world: Creation, Fall, and Advent of the Messiah. The new Ambassadors of Peace who received an appointment letter directly from True Mother included an executive of the South Korean association, a Shinto priest, and a president emeritus from a private university. One of the most touching moments was when the president of the South Korean women's society offered a delicate traditional bow to Mother in Korean traditional dress.

In the entertainment portion of the program one famous designer of traditional Japanese stage costumes gave a warm greeting. She had a dream a week before the event. In her spare time she tames wild birds. In her dream one blue bird flew in with a flock of white sparrows. She had no idea how to interpret the dream, but when she received a ticket for Mother's event she was surprised -- the ticket was blue. She was convinced she would have to participate. Twenty-one years ago she had made a special costume, investing more than three years of effort and sincerity, but could not find anyone worthy of having it. When she saw True Mother, she realized the costume was meant for her.

Shortly before Mother joined us for the victory celebration, Father spoke to us. President Oyamada reported the highlights of the event and we celebrated True Parents' victory. From Alaska leaders of CARP in many countries and blessed children performed. From Osaka songs were offered by Korean and Japanese leaders. A choir of local members and missionary sisters sang "Oh, Happy Day," which made True Parents very happy. At the end Father and Mother sang two songs each, and we ended with three cheers of Mansei.

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