Public invited to Japanese Society’s Autumn Festival


The Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas announced yesterday the return of its Autumn Festival, which will take place this year on Nov. 20, a Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm at the Paseo de Marianas.

The festival, which is traditionally held to promote the Japanese culture and to show the society’s commitment to the local community, will feature garage sales from 4pm to 6pm as a fundraising for the Japanese school on Saipan.

The opening ceremony will start at 6pm with the breaking of sake barrel.

Food vendors will be selling popular Japanese food like takoyaki, yakitori, and daifuku mochi, and there will be game booths: shooting gallery, ring toss, water balloon fishing.

Raffle are also planned with the attractive prizes like a $200 gift card, $50 cash, hotel accommodations, and more.

In addition, there will be gifts from the mayor of Katori City in Japan as a show of appreciation to the community for supporting the sister-city program between Saipan and Katori City, which was established on Oct. 29, 2021. The number of gifts is limited and will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

Food, games, and raffle tickets can be purchased with special tokens. Tokens are available to buy in advance at Himawari, Takagi Associates, Furusato, and Aqua Connections.

Bonodori dance performances will start around 7pm and 8pm. We encourage the public to join the dance.

This festival is one of the many examples of the historic ties between the Marianas and Japan, and the Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas warmly welcomes all residents to attend the event.

“We have been facing a difficult time because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Please follow 3W’s; Wear your mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. All of our assisting staffs are fully vaccinated. We would like you to stay safe and enjoy the festival,” said Hideaki Sawada, president of the Japanese Society of Northern Marianas. (Saipan Tribune)

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