What you have is a “Tsunahiki,” or great tug-o-war. This little celebration has been an indispensable facet of the autumnal season here in Okinawa for centuries. Many of the surrounding cities and towns hold their own Tsunahiki but no one can even come close to the grandeur of the Naha tug-o-war celebration which is the biggest in the whole world
Each year the great Tsunahiki in Naha has Guinness Record Book implications. It seems that somehow, each year they find a way to add a little more to length and weight to the rope and each year it seems they’re able to cram a few thousand more people into a few city blocks.
The giant rope has a whole crew of workers dedicated to its manufacture and it takes them more than a month to assemble it. The night before the appointed day, the rope is trucked to the Kumoji intersection of highway 58, nearest to Kokusai Street and the Prefectural Office Building. Here the highway has a Northeast to Southwest orientation.
The ropes are looped at the ends nearest the center with the East end representing male and the West representing female. The participants (everyone) pull the ends of the rope toward the center where the female end is looped over the male end and they are locked together by a ten foot long wooden peg.