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World’s Largest Tug of War

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2014 )

Last weekend was the world’s largest tug of war. It is held each year on route 58 in Naha City, Okinawa. First the two halves of the rope are joined together with a giant wooden pin. Kings of the west side and east side are then carried to the center of the rope.

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2014 )

Thousands of spectators including Okinawans, tourists and local American military take part in the event pulling for either the East or West team.

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2014 )

I was pleased that this year I could add to my selection of images of the tug of war . I already had a fantastic overview shot from 2010, but it was great to get some POV shots from the center of the action.

The above shots were all taken with the Pentax 645Z and the 25mm lens held above my head on a monopod. The photo below was with the Pentax 645D and 55mm.

Word's Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2010 )

World’s Largest Tug of War, Okinawa, Japan ( 2010 )

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