Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War Festival

Okinawa Festivals

Okinawa, Japan Jul. 23 Tues 2:09AM

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When people think of events in Japan, festivals are a huge part of the culture. This is also true for Okinawa, though some of the festivals are different in style and influence from those found on mainland Japan.


The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War Festival occurs every year* and is quite the exciting event! Many people come to participate in this large-scale tug-of-war event that involves 5-ton, 90-meter long rope. The ropes are supposed to represent and be a symbol of dragons soaring to heaven. When the ropes are being pulled, they are situated and pulled from east to west, and is used as a way to forecast the success of the future harvest season. The event is open to the public, so anyone can join in and participate in the festivities.

For many this is a fun event to come out with family and friends as well. Aside the grand event of the rope pulling, there are also music performances and concerts that people can enjoy, and a firework event that occurs at night.

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