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The World’s Biggest Tug-of-War, Naha City, Okinawa October 11, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

The world’s biggest Tug-of-War was held once again in Naha City on October 11, 2015. The rope begins in two halves, stretched along the center of Highway 58. Banners are carried along Kokusai Street and then held aloft between the ropes. Representatives of the East and West sections of the rope perform karate kata. Firecrackers are lit deafening those close.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

After speeches from the Governor of Okinawa, and this year the Governor of Hawaii. The ropes are dragged together.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

The ends of the ropes are designed to loop one over the other.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Numerous men with poles push the ropes as they are drawn together until they are intertwined.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

The giant wooden connecting pin is then brought to the rope.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Around a dozen men hep lift the pin and thread it through the rope.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Although it does take a little wiggling.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Once the pin is in the ropes are drawn apart locking the pin in place.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

The kings of the East and West are carried along the rope then challenge each other to battle.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Karate masters from East and West meet atop the center of the rope to trade (gentle) blows.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

The tug-of-war begins.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Pull!

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Pull!

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

As the rope moves towards the east, officials use a tape measure to check on progress.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

East is declared the winner.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

After brief celebrations the outer part of the rope is cut up into souvenirs of the event.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Young and old head home with a little piece of straw rope and great memories of the day.

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

Naha Tug of War October 11th, 2015

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