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Japan Buddhist group to hold annual peace ceremonies on Saipan

THE Nenpou Shinkyo Buddhist Denomination of Japan will hold its annual peace ceremonies on Saipan on Thursday.

It will be the group’s 13th annual pilgrimage to the Marianas. This year’s memorial services will start at 10 a.m., and will be held at the Japanese Peace Memorial and at Banzai Cliff in Marpi.

CNMI government officials, including Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, will participate in the ceremonies.

On Tuesday, the Nenpou Shinkyo group led by its president Ryohan Ichimiya visited Apatang at his office and donated $1,000 for the mayor’s community services.

Ichimiya said they were saddened to learn that Saipan was devastated by Typhoon Yutu in October.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and his special assistant Henry Hofschneider pose with the Nenpou Shinkyo delegation led by Ryohan Ichimiya.  Photos by Junhan B. TodiñoSaipan Mayor David M. Apatang and his special assistant Henry Hofschneider pose with the Nenpou Shinkyo delegation led by Ryohan Ichimiya. Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

This year, he said only a few of their members from Hokkaido joined the pilgrimage, but they will have a larger delegation in 2020 when they celebrate their 95th anniversary.

In 2008, Nenpou Shinkyou built a peace monument on Saipan. In 2015, it erected two more monuments on island.

Mayor Apatang said his office will assist the group in preparing the Japanese Peace Memorial in Marpi for the ceremonies on Thursday.

He added that the group’s donation will help his office maintain the Japanese Peace Memorial.

The Nenpou Shinkyo Buddhist Denomination’s annual visit to Saipan is facilitated by the CNMI’s honorary tourism ambassador, Willie Matsumoto, and his wife Pacific Eagle Enterprises Inc. vice president Ayako Matsumoto who also served as visitors’ translators.