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Autumn Festival, Katori Shrine ceremony set for Oct. 26

THE Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas will host the annual Autumn Festival and the Katori Shrine ceremony on Oct. 26.

Masato Tezuka, chairman of the Japanese Society, said these events aim to promote Japanese culture “while also showing our commitment to the local community.”

This year’s theme, he added, is in line with the CNMI’s resiliency a year after the devastation caused by Typhoon Yutu.

Tezuka said they are also celebrating the “new bridge” between the CNMI and Japan created by Skymark Airlines.

“We are facing difficult times due to the cancelation of direct flights from Japan, and the big damage caused by Typhoon Yutu last year, but we are very pleased to learn about the launching of regular and direct Skymark Airline flights from Japan this winter,” he added.

On Oct. 26, there will be a special ceremony to be conducted at the Katori Shrine at Sugar King Park at 10 a.m.

Tezuka said it has been 105 years since the shrine was established during the Japanese administration of the NMI.

“The historical relationship between the NMI and Japan will remain strong and unbreakable,” he added.

On the same day, Oct. 26, the Autumn Festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Paseo de Marianas and feature a bazaar and traditional demonstrations and dances.

Vendors will sell popular Japanese dishes, and there will be game booths for children, Tezuka said.

He added that they will also raffle off “fabulous prizes,” including a round-trip ticket to Japan from Skymark Airlines.

In addition, Tezuka said they will give away products and other gifts from the mayor of Katori City, Japan. Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang is hoping to establish a sister city relationship with Katori.

“We will warmly welcome all residents and visitors to the festival,” Tezuka said.