Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, affectionately known as Mother Moon, traveled to Japan for the first time in five years to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Foundation of WFWP at the Tokyo-Akasaka Hotel on March 4, 2012.
In the third year of Cheon Il Guk, or the “Era of the Victory, Liberation and Completion of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind,” important providential activities are taking place in Korea and Japan, led by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Mother Moon.
Mother Moon was accompanied by the Chairman of the Tongil Foundation, Kook Jin Moon and his family. Yeon Ah Moon (wife of Hyo Jin Moon), Hyo Nam Kim (also known as Hoon Mo Nim) and Lan Young Moon, President of World WFWP also attended. Mother Moon dined with key Japanese Unification Church leaders and heard reports of the efforts of the Japanese community to substantiate God’s providence.
About 1,000 people gathered in the event hall of the Tokyo-Akasaka Hotel to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Foundation of WFWP, including Japanese WFWP leaders and more than 40 current- and former congressmen in Japan.
The event began at about 11:30 a.m. with a video titled “True Love Connects the World,” which features the various service projects of WFWP, including a women’s conference in the Middle East and education in sexual morality.
Kuboki Detsuko, president of WFWP in Japan gave the greeting remarks. “In the past 20 years, God has led us with the guidance of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and President Hak Ja Han Moon. In 1994, 1,600 Japanese women went out into the world for service … now I feel hope because our children are inheriting what their mothers believe in so many areas,” she said.
Following the luncheon, Dr.Lan Young Moon introduced Mother Moon, whose speech was titled “Women’s Role and Mission of WFWP in the Era after the Coming of Heaven.”
Mother Moon began by saying, “I would like to honor God and True Parents who have helped and supported WFWP so that WFWP could grow to the world level and thank all members, especially the Japanese members who have been doing a great job throughout the world.” She continued to explain about the providential mission of WFWP: “This is the era of the Pacific Culture. The central nations of this era are Korea and Japan. Korea is the ‘Adam Nation’ and Japan is the ‘Eve Nation.’” She emphasized the importance of Japan’s attitude in the future as the ‘Eve nation’ and ‘Mother nation.’
“WFWP in Japan should be active in educating members about peace and Unification Thought, and train women leaders who can give education about true family values and creating a world of peace. We should make an international network of women leaders who work towards one family under God. We should appreciate our true character and our God-given value. Each of us should make an effort to become woman leaders who embody motherhood and the love of mothers.”
Mother Moon concluded her message with: “Let us follow a true mother’s path, true wife’s path, and true daughter’s path.”
After the event, there was a reception dinner with 300 Japanese leaders. National Leader for the Unification Church in Japan Young Sup Song thanked Mother Moon for coming to Japan. When he mentioned that her husband Rev. Moon really wanted to come to Japan, many leaders started shedding tears.
Mother Moon then said, “I didn’t come here alone! I came with True Father.” She explained that Rev. Moon had given her a wallet and said, “I am coming with you, Mother,” as she was leaving Seoul, Korea. He had asked her to give cash from the wallet to three different headquarters in Japan and say that the money represents Rev. Moon’s deep love towards Japan.
Mother Moon picked up a 50,000 won bill and talked about Shin Saim-Dang, who is the face of the bill. She said, “Shin Saim-Dang is famous for being a strong motherly figure. I hope that Japan will grow and become much greater than Shin Saim-Dang, and I would like you to feel Rev. Moon’s love today with 120 percent.”
Several church leaders and children of Mother Moon sang festive songs at the reception dinner. Then, at Mother Moon’s request, everyone sang Sarang Hae A-Beo-Nim [“I love you, Father”] to conclude the dinner.
Contributed by Emily Cornier, Kimberly Dickerson and Yoshie Manaka.