The Sanpoen lantern ceremony will be held this Saturday at the Hopwood Middle School beach. The island community is invited to be present at the 6pm ceremony.
The lantern ceremony commemorates the Japanese soldiers that lost their lives on Saipan during World War II
The Saipan Mayor’s Office is administrating the 40th student cultural-exchange program of the Sanpoen group from Japan.
Yesterday at 7:45am, the first group arrived on Saipan. The second Sanpoen group will land on Saipan today. The Japanese groups are staying on island for only three days, leaving by Aug 1.
In the ceremony, Japanese students will light up the 300 candles and placed them in floating lanterns. The lit candles are dedicated to the fallen World War II Japanese soldiers.