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Yonabaru Ozunahiki

Yonabaru Ozunahiki Okinawa (July)

Yonabaru Ozunahiki, a tug-of-war ritual, has a history of over 440 years. The total length of the ropes is 90 meters and they weigh 5 tons. Participants called Shitaku wear traditional Okinawan dress and stand on the moving ropes in a scene which brings to mind a dragon god. There are two ropes, one designated as male and the other female, and the tug-of-war begins the moment the ropes are linked by a pole, a thrilling beginning seen in no other tug-of-war events. When the winner has been decided, each team praises the other’s strength as they harmoniously share a drink together.


Yonabaru-cho, Shimajiri-gun, Okinawa

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By Monorail

Get off at Shuri station. Approx.15 min. by car.

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