The World’s most tremendous Great Tug of War in Naha
October 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
The 45th the Naha Tug of War was held at Kumoji intersection of Route 58 in Naha on October 11. About 275,000 people took part in the event.
The rope used in the tug of war is 200 meters long and weighs about 43 tons, and is recorded in the Guinness World Records. People pulled the rope for 30 minutes, with the East side winning.
The East leads with 14 wins, 13 losses, and 15 draws against the West.
The Ufunn-nes-nei standard-bearer parade, which started from Tsuboya Elementary School in Naha, included a prayer for the success of the Naha Great Tag of War.
Once the standard-bearers of both sides met at the Kumoji Intersection, they began the Ga-e a flag-waving competition. After they carried out the Kanuchichiji ceremony to connect the male and female ropes, about 15,000 people started to pull the ropes.
(English Translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)
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