Ruins of an old church

TINIAN, Northern Mariana Islands--If there is one structure that would never fail to catch one's attention on the historic island of Tinian, it is this old bell tower or what has remained of it at the back of the San Jose Catholic church in the village of San Jose. The ruins…

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Revisiting a WW2 structure on Tinian

TINIAN—A few meters away from the air raid shelters and the monuments erected in memory of the marine battalions is the dilapidated yet sturdy structure used to house the air administrations staff building in the North Field of Tinian. Except for the distant whirring sounds of a brush cutter some maintenance…

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An afternoon at Tinian’s Shinto Shrine

TINIAN — A huge old gate standing in front of two old flame trees caught my attention when we went driving on the north field of this island one Sunday afternoon a few weeks back. My companion, Tinian’s hot pepper entrepreneur Susan, drove fast on the rough and dusty road but…

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