Shinto Buddhists make their way to the site of the ceremony during last week’s purification ceremony held in a vacant parking lot beside Aqua Resort Club in Achugao.
Shinto priest Rev. Norimichi Uemura begins the ceremony with the purification prayer.
Shinto priest Rev. Norimichi Uemura, right, waves the harae to bless, from left, Venerables Ryushin Onishi, Naomichi Ueda, and Hakuga Murayama.
From left, Venerables Ryushin Onishi, Naomichi Ueda, and Hakuga Murayama recite a mantra in Sanskrit.
A member of the Kuentai Japanese group pays his respects.
Japanese Consul to the CNMI Toshio Matsumura bows before offering incense.
Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hococ prepares to offer incense while Shinto Buddhist monks recite mantras.
Veteran Mariano Fajardo offers incense.
Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang said the ceremony is part of the healing process.
CNMI Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, seated third left, and Japanese Consul to the CNMI Toshio Matsumura, seated second left, join Buddhist priests and monks, and members of Kuentai Japan and Kuentai USA for a group photo after the ceremony.
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