Japanese comedic duo Banana Man, composed of Yuki Himura and Osamu Shirata, arrived on Saipan last week to film a video introducing the culture and entertainment of the Northern Mariana Islands for Banana TV, a free Internet video series.
The series has a circulation of over 4-million households and targets men and women interested in travel and entertainment. The series will air 30 times and is expected to bring the Northern Marianas an estimated $900,000 in advertising exposure.
While in the Northern Marianas, the series filmed at Saipan International Airport, Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan, around downtown Garapan, at I Love Saipan store, on an ATV and standup paddle tour with Marianas Trekking, face painting, while fishing, and at a barbecue on the beach.
The show also made a live broadcast from Saipan on Friday night on TBS radio, covering the Tokyo, Japan area.
“One of the highlights of Banana TV’s visit was their meeting with Saipan Mayor Donald Flores on Saturday [Oct. 12],” said Marianas Visitors Authority’s Bruce Bateman. “The mayor’s personal welcome is a fine example the whole community can follow in making visitors feel at home whether in Saipan, Tinian, or Rota.”
The video series has also featured Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, Thailand, Los Angeles and Paris. Pacific Eagle provided ground handling for the group. (MVA)