NAHA GIANT TUG -OF -WAR is the greatest traditional cultural event in Okinawa.
They had tug-of-war events to pray for good harvest and rain traditionally, but it was ceased in 1935.
This giant event started on the 10th of October in 1971 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Naha-municipal government.
On the first day, you can see the parade of local dance or music groups on International street, the center of Naha.
On the 2nd day, Hatagashira parade is held on International Street, and the Guinness certified giant tug-of-war is held on route 58’s Kumoji Intersection.
Before the tag-of-war, the parade of Hatagashira(flag leaders) is held by many young men. They are representatives from there communities.
In the events, there are many unique and traditional events going on.
Finger whistles, firecrackers, drums and Karate‐shows are all parts of the festival.
It’s on the GUINESS BOOK of Records
In1995, the event was recorded as “the world’s largest straw rope” by the Guinness Book of Records.
Naha Tug of war is now recognized as the leading Tug of War in the world!
It is the pride of Naha City and Okinawa prefecture.
Saturday and Sunday before Sports and Health Day, and on Sports and Health Day(Monday)
*Sports and Health Day in a holiday in Japan, and it’s the 2nd Monday in October
Parades at International Street
Tug-of-war at Kumoji Intersection
Music shows, karaoke competition etc at Oonomiya Park
098-862-3276 ( +81-98-862-3276 Naha City sightseeing section)
098-862-1442 ( +81-98-862-1442 Naha Tourism Association)
098-866-4858 ( +81-98-866-4858 Naha Tug of War preservation society)