It’s big, it’s crowded, and it’s a great place to go crazy: it’s Okinawa’s most famous festival, the Great Tug-of-War.
Held every October in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, the Naha Tug-of-War or Otsunahiki is the highlight event of the weekend-long Naha Matsuri. The entire downtown core of Naha shuts down to accommodate the more than 250,000 people who attend and, of course, the giant rope itself, which is laid down along Highway 58 like a snake waiting to pounce. In addition to the tug-of-war, there’s also a huge parade with music, dancing, traditional Okinawa dress, entertainment, plus lots of Okinawa food and cold Orion beer.
In 1995, the Naha Tug-of-War was officially inaugurated into the Guinness B
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