Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Lunch At The Hachiman Jinja With Nihon University Students

The rain poured really hard just as the students got to the Hachiman Jinja. Even though I was there earlier, I still got caught in the rain. But what a delicious lunch our wonderful hosts, the Guerrero family, put on for us! Si Yu'us Ma'ase, Olomwaay, Thank You and Arigato Gozaimasu!
Nihon University students with our hosts, Mr. & Mrs. Guerrero-san, myself, Governor Ben Fitial, and Angelo Villagomez.
Everyone huddled together to wait for the rain to go away so we could visit the Hachiman Jinja. It's a good thing I visited the Jinja earlier before the rain came. The students ended up visiting in groups.
Oishi! Oishi! Yummy! Yummy!
Our hostess, Mrs. Guerrero-san, Aya Matsumoto-san, me, Kinai Guerrero, and Sensei Koshiro.
Our last group photo with our hosts. Ray and Kinai, two of the Guerrero children (far right, back) join the group for a photo.


Team Eagle said...

Thank you Cinta-san.
They had a good experience with Mr.&Mrs. Guerrero, Governor and you even it was heavy rain outside.
I really appreciate to Mr. Guerrero to keep clean and conserve Hachiman Jinja.

yukiko said...

Dear Cinta-san

Hello from Japan! This is Professor Yukiko Koshiro of Nihon University, featured on your blog along with my seminar students. Thank you very much for the hospitality you (and, of course, Aya san and Willy san) showed us during our stay on the island. We are now deeply in love with Saipan - its people, culture, beauty, food, ocean, beach, history, and everything ! We are determined to return as the seminar group to Saipan next year and meet with you and all the people we met last week. We try our best to strengthen the tie between Saipan and Japan. We hope you have a chance to visit our campus in Mishima and teach the students about everything that Saipan offers to the world. We look forward to our next visit to Saipan. Till then, please take care of youself. Please also give our best regards to all the people who made our stay in Saipan the most memorable event in life. With lots of love, Yukiko Koshiro.

CNMI Blogger said...

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it was a very good experience to be with the Guerreros and everyone. We are all grateful to the Guerreros for being such generous hosts and especially for taking such good care of the Hachiman Jinja for many of us visit and enjy.

Thank you and Willy-san for living up to your name -- ISA-CNMI -- the rainbow bridge between Japan and the CNMI!

I look forward to seeing you at the next Beautify CNMI! event.

CNMI Blogger said...

Sensei Koshiro,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to hear from you. Thank you for visiting my blog.

It was our pleasure to spend the morning with you and the Nihon University students cleaning up one of our most popular beaches. Now you are all part of the Beautify CNMI! family. :)

We were also glad that we were able to spend the afternoon at the Hachiman Jinja. The Guerrero family were such gracious hosts. Angelo said that the students talked about local food at Professor Sam McPhetres' class and it was good that they got to see and sample some of that local food at the Hachiman Jinja.

Thank you for loving our home. You and your students are all welcome here any time and we look forward to welcoming you back to the CNMI next year!

Take care of yourself and please give my best regards to your students.

With lots of love,

Jess said...

Dear Rep. Kaipat,

I love your story about the Hachiman-Jinja, fantastic photos! I am the daughter of Chuck&Ann Jordan, and I grew up in Saipan. I recently moved to CA to study history -- I want to write a cultural history of the "Nanyo-Gunto" [south seas] or the Japanese era in Micronesia... I have been chatting with local man'amko in Japanese for some time and I want to eventually do an oral history documentary film featuring Micronesians who remember the Japanese era. I have added a link to your page on my blog, viewable at . Recently I posted a story I wrote about Sister Antoinetta Ada's friendship with elderly Okinawans who returned to Saipan last June. If you have a chance please write back, I would be appreciative of any feedback or advice. Take care and god bless!
Jessica Jordan

CNMI Blogger said...

Hi, Jess!
Thank you for your nice comments. Although I don't think we've met, I do know your parents and brother Rob. In fact, your dad gave me a coffee tree and some of that delicious coffee!

Good for you for pursuing advance studies. The work that you're doing is very important. I want to do what I can to assist you in that respect. I dabble in documentary filmmaking (Lieweila came out in 1998 and we're currently in post-productions on a PBS documentary on the political status of the US and Guam and the CNMI.

Please e-mail me at and we can exchange more info privately.

I have a friend who is a linguistics professor at Tokyo University. He comes to the CNMI periodically and I've helped coordinate meetings with him and Chamorro and Carolinian Man Amkos who speak Japanese.

He'd also be a good contact to hook you up with eventually.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Warmest Regards & God Bless.