Fierce Battle in Yonabaru: the Giant Tug of War

The participants pull the tug

As the hot summer continues in Okinawa islands, the giant tug of war is coming to the town of Yonabaru this weekend.

For people of Yonabaru especially among men, the tug of war is one of the most exciting events of the year if not THE most. The men participating in the tug of war are called “china mushi”, literally means rope samurai. Although there is quite a few tug of war events throughout Okinawa, I believe the term is only used in Yonabaru. They prepare the festival even from weeks before.

The men in the uniform carry the giant tug and parade through the street

Stay tuned for more about this story.

All photos were taken in 2016.


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