THE Japanese Society of the Northern Marianas will celebrate the Autumn Festival at Paseo de Marianas on Nov. 20, Saturday, starting at 5 p,m.

Hideaki Sawada, president of Japanese Society of Northern Marianas, said all assisting staff are fully vaccinated to ensure a safe celebration.

He is also asking the community members who will join the festivities to practice the 3Ws: wear your mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

This year’s Autumn Festival will highlight the sister-city relationship between Saipan and Katori that was established on Oct. 29, 2021.

“There will be nice local gift products from the mayor of Katori City to our community for supporting the sister-city program between Saipan and Katori City,” Sawada stated, adding that the items will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis.

The traditional breaking of sake barrel will start at 6 p.m.

In addition, there will be a yard sale whose proceeds will be used to support a Japanese school.

The Bonodori dance performances will start around 7 p.m.

Also participating in the celebration are food vendors who will sell popular Japanese food including takoyaki, yakitori and daifuku mochi.

Moreover, different game booths will be set up for children: shooting gallery, ring toss, water balloon fishing among other games.

Prizes, such as a TV set, a $200 gift card, $50 cash, hotel accommodations and others will be raffled off during the festival.

Special tokens for food, games and raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at Himawari, Takagi & Associates, Furusato and Aqua Connections.

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