Japanese Autumn Festival

Japanese Society of the Northern Mariana Islands, a non-profit organization, will host the 34th Annual Japanese Autumn Festival on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at Paseo de Marianas in Garapan, Saipan.

The event will feature Japanese traditional performances, together with Japanese delicacies foods and games for both tourists and locals to enjoy.  Food vendors will also be selling popular Japanese foods such as yaki-soba, kara-age, yaki-meshi, tako-yaki, yaki-tori, and more. Game booths will include ring toss, shooting gallery, super ball, water balloon fishing, and a raffle.

Chief Taga Day Festival

On Oct. 1-6, 2019, The Marianas will host the 2nd Chief Taga Day Festival, honoring one of its most legendary figures, the indigenous Chamorro chief Taga.

“Gineptin Ha‘anen Taga’” (Chief Taga Day Festival) will be held on the island of Tinian, recorded as the place where Taga last lived and was buried.  Tinian is also home to the House of Taga, a landmark on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the site of the largest standing limestone latte stones in The Marianas.  Latte stones served as support pillars for ancient Chamorro structures.

The event is sponsored in part by the Marianas Visitors Authority, partnering with the Tinian Mayor’s Office and Tinian Municipal Council to bring the story of Taga to life for visitors and residents.”

Chief Taga is one of the most recognizable figures in Marianas history and mythology.  In Spanish written records, Taga was recorded as aiding shipwrecked sailors off the reef near Tinian in the 1600s.  In Chamorro mythology, Taga was known to possess superhuman strength, uprooting a coconut tree as a young child to catch a coconut crab and leaping from Rota to Tinian.

The festival will be held at Tinian in the main village of San Jose.  Accommodations are available at the Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Fleming Hotel, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel,_Green Field Lion House, the newly opened Marpo Valley Inn and The Cabin.   Camping is also allowed at Kammer Beach, where bathrooms, outdoor showers, barbecue pits, and pavilions are also available for use.  Activities include lectures, storytelling, and cultural demonstrations are planned for the week.

For more information, contact Chief Taga Day Festival Committee Chairman Joseph San Nicolas of the Tinian Mayor’s Office at 1.670.433.1802 or email.joesntiq@gmail.com, the 17th Municipal Council at 1.670.433.3470, or  MVA Field Office Supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com or 1.670.433.9365, or visit www.facebook.com/mymarianas.

5th Annual International Festival of Cultures

The 5th Annual International Festival of Cultures will be held on Sept. 20-21, 2019, in celebration of the cultural diversity of The Marianas, with special emphasis on the indigenous cultures of Micronesia.

The festival returns to Paseo de Marianas in the main tourist district on Saipan. A soft opening will be held on Sept. 20 from 5-10 p.m. with an ethnic parade, food sales, and demonstration and sales of arts and crafts. On Sept. 21 from 5-10 p.m., the festival will also feature live ethnic performances on-stage.

The MVA invites interested cultural groups to participate. Participation forms are available at the MVA office in San Jose, Saipan, or interested participants may contact MVA Community Projects Coordinator Jack Aranda at jaranda@mymarianas.com or 670.664.3219 for more information.

Rota Coconut Festival

Rota, renowned among the islands of The Marianas for its untouched nature beauty and warm island hospitality, is gearing up to welcome visitors for the 5th Rota Coconut Festival on Sept. 13-14, 2019.

The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) is excited to partner again this year with the Rota Mayor’s Office on the exciting Rota Coconut Festival, which will provide visitors a truly unique and friendly experience on the beautiful island of Rota.  Rota is renowned for its unspoiled natural environment, so it is a more than fitting venue for this celebratory tribute to the staple of Pacific island living – the coconut tree.

The event will feature educational displays and demonstrations related to the coconut, entertainment, games, a Coconut Scavenger Hunt, and a variety of live cooking competitions on site such as the “manha titiyas” (tortillas made with young coconut), “ahu” (soup made with young coconut), coconut candy,  and “bunelos manha” (doughnuts made with young coconut).

Additional details will be announced shortly.  For more information, contact the Rota Mayor’s Office at 1.670.532.9451 or Field Supervisor Sandra Atalig of the MVA at 1.670.532.0327 or satalig@mymarianas.com or visit www.facebook.com/mymarianas.