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Tokowaka Chokokukai group makes 17th annual pilgrimage to Tinian

THE Tokowaka Chokokukai delegation from Japan on Tuesday unveiled the Goshintai monument at Suicide Cliff on Tinian.

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Young members of the Tokowaka Chokokukai delegation unveil the Goshintai monument at Suicide Cliff on Tinian.
Performing the “Urayasu-no-mai,” a dance for peace, was one of the highlights of the ceremony.
Members of the Tokowaka Chokokukai led by Shirotori Toshiaki pose for a photo.  Contributed photos

The delegation led by Shirotori Toshiaki also held their 17th annual ceremony to pray for world peace from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year the Tokowaka Choko-kukai group included young shrine maidens who performed the “Urayasu-no-mai” at the shrine, event facilitator Mayumi Tonimos said.

“It was more difficult for the group to get to Saipan now that there are no longer direct flights from Narita. They have to go to Nagoya then to Guam before coming to Saipan,” she said.

But the group is dedicated and committed to be in the CNMI for its annual pilgrimage, she added.

On Tinian, the group also installed a shrine gate at the Japanese Peace Memorial at Suicide Cliff, she said.

The members of the delegation were Hajime Kanda, Toshiaki Shirotori, Kato Tomofumi, Kato Yumiko, Besyo Keisuke, Matsushima Satoru, Mariya Yoshinori, Chihiro Miyazawa, Miyazawa Riho, Tatsuzawa Hisae, Tatsuzawa Syunsuke, Somiya Kazufumi, Somiya Yugen, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Himiko Yoshikawa, Yoshikawa Ayumu, Megumi Fujiki, Shirotori Mihoko, and Shirotori Suzuno.