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Children sitting under the poker "saloon". Saipan Island.
Almost everywhere on Saipan Island one can see gambling dens, which are legal here.
Picturesque bay of the Bird Island in north-eastern part of Saipan Island.
Rocks covered with lush greenery. Saipan Island.
Sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean from a cliff in Saipan Island.
Japanese light tank from the II World War. At the background is the rock, in which was cut the bunker of the Japanese command.
Rusting cannons near the last command post, where the Japanese general Yoshitsugo Saito commited hara-kiri in 1945.
The main monument commemorating hundreds of Japanese residents of Saipan Island, who died at the foot of Banzai Cliff in 1945.
Green and craggy cliffs on the western part of Saipan Island.
From this cliff the Japanese jumped to their death, so as not to surrender to the Americans.
Craggy cliffs on the western part of Saipan Island.
One of the monuments on Banzai Cliff.
Banzai Cliff, from which the whole families of Japanese residents of the Saipan island jumped to their deaths, so as not to surrender to the advancing American troops.
Micro Beach in the western part of Saipan Island.
Destroyed Japanese tank - a reminder of bloody fighting between Japanese and Americans in 1945. Saipan Island.
Native residents of Saipan Island.
Local young Chamorro men on a pick up truck. Saipan Island.
Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands describe themselves as Chamorro and are descendants of locals and Spanish colonists.
Beach in Saipan Island.
Half a meter under the surface, few meters from the shore. Managaha Island near Saipan.
Diving near Managaha Island - a small island north of Saipan.