Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: 12 Photos From the Awase Tsunahiki (Tug-O-War) in Okinawa

 It Should Be Called the Event of the Decade

They only hold this Tug-O-War once every 10 years. Looking for some (online) references, in English, I came up empty handed. So, I went early, to mingle with the locals and see what I could learn. It was a good thing.

The team members go to a shrine and, pray, the morning of the Tsunahiki. They're still on the temple grounds when a friendly (sort of ) stick fight breaks out. The guys in blue are from the east end of town. Red headbands are those from the west.

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