The Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas carry a shrine as they stop in front of the grandstand at the Garapan Fishing Base during the July 4 parade.
LIBERATION DAY PARADE. Spectators were camped in makeshift tents and came armed with umbrellas and cameras as they await the passing of the Liberation Day parade last Monday during the CNMI’s celebration of Liberation Day. (Photos by LEIGH GASES)
Parade spectators with umbrellas and cameras line both sides of a stretch of Beach Road and await the passing of the Liberation Day parade last Monday during the CNMI’s celebration of Liberation Day.
Team NMI members join the Liberation Day parade last Monday during the CNMI’s celebration of Liberation Day.
Players of the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association demonstrate playing with a football during the Liberation Day parade last Monday.
Members of the TanHoldings Football Club join the Liberation Day parade last Monday.
The Saipan Awaodori team performs in front of the grandstand at the Garapan Fishing Base during the July 4 parade
A FORGOTTEN SHRINE-The entrance to the Japanese Nan-Go Jinja (Shinto shrine), abandoned following the U.S. invasion and Battle of Saipan in 1944. The shrine is located on private property in Kannat Tabla and requires permission to access. Inside the cave is an area that once held the Shinto shrine’s most sacred objects, none of which remain. (MARK FARMER)
Three Japanese longtime residents of Saipan examine the interior of the entrance of the Nan-Go Jinja (Shinto shrine) Wednesday afternoon. As with many natural shelters on Saipan, the rock walls of the cave shrine still bear flamethrower scorch marks from the assault of U.S. forces in 1944. In Shinto, shrines are almost always located close to fresh water in order to conduct purification rights (a source or water is nearby) and significant rocks, rock formations, and caves are thought of as possessing residing kami (spirits). (MARK FARMER)
FAREWELL TOUR-The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research vessel Rainier is decked out with decorative flags just before the ship’s tour last Friday morning at the Charlie Dock at the Port of Saipan in Puerto Rico. The vessel’s scientists are done with their research this year and will soon be leaving the CNMI. (CHRYSTAL MARINO)
CAMP TINIAN -TINIAN, Northern Mariana Islands—U.S. Navy Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, and U.S. Marines, with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, place a concrete pad on Camp Tinian. NMCB-3 is forward deployed throughout the Indo-Pacific region and United States ready to support major combat operations, theater security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations. Seabees provide general engineering and civil support to Navy, Marine Corps, and joint operational forces globally. (PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS BRIAN UNDERWOOD)
USS NEW ORLEANS GOES UNDERWAY-Lt. junior grade Aaron Lee, from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, measures distances utilizing a laser range finder as the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans goes underway. New Orleans, part of the Tripoli Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. NAVY/MCS1ST CLASS DESMOND PARKS)
FLASH FLOOD-Friday’s heavy downpour which started in the early morning hours of the day, caused flash floods in low-lying areas of Saipan, causing the northbound road of Beach Road to become inundated with floodwaters for a brief period. Earlier in the day, the CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point issued a flood advisory, saying that urban and small stream flooding caused by excessive rainfall was expected. It advised motorists to turn around when encountering flooded roads and to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. (LEIGH GASES)
FOUL WEATHER Several areas in Susupe were flooded due to constant downpour Tuesday evening. The bad weather prompted the CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency to issue a series of flood watch advisories. The National Weather Service in Guam attributed the downpour to a weather circulation located west of the Marianas. It said that heavy showers and a few thunderstorms extend from near the center to the east of the Marianas within a generally southerly flow.(CHRYSTAL MARINO)
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