Thursday, October 17, 2013

Naha Tug of War

The city of Naha has had the tradition of this giant tug of war for 300 years now. It's in the record books for the largest tug of war in the world! And we got to be a part of it. Leading up to the tug of war is a lot of pomp and circumstance, including dancing, parade stuff and a presentation/duel of the kings of the east and west, which are the two teams that battle it out. We were on the east team, and we won! And by won, I mean that we pulled it the most distance, which wasn't crazy far, because that thing weighs a ton, and there are around 200,000 people pulling. 
Once the actual pulling started, it got crazy. It's not for kids, because they would prob get trampled. Anyway, after it's over, everyone cuts off sections of the giant rope, believing it will bring luck in the next year.

I love Okinawa's deep-rooted traditions, and I love how they love their festivals. We had so much fun being able to take part in their biggest tradition, but probably won't next year, because it was craziness!


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