Passion and Tradition: Yonabaru's Grand Tug-of-War, Okinawa Japan

Director: Yuichi Ishida

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Country: Japan


The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War Festival is one of the three biggest Tug-of-War Festivals in Okinawa, Japan. It is an exhilarating event that attracts a large crowd. Many participants gather to take part in this grand tug-of-war, featuring an impressive 5-ton, 90-meter long rope. These ropes symbolize dragons ascending to the heavens. During the tug-of-war, the ropes are pulled from east to west, serving as a means to predict the success of the upcoming harvest season.