YONABARU NEWS Notice from Yonabaru Town
The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War is 15th and 16th August ! !
Next year’s 2020 38th Yonabaru Ozuna Festival（ The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War）is …
We decided on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, 16th! !
The Olympic Games will be from July 24th to August 9th. The Paralympic Games will be held from August 26th to September 6th, so during that time it will be held in Okinawa.
Please make sure to include the red circle check and “Yonabaru Otsuna Himatsuri”（The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War） in the schedule. We look forward to welcoming you ♪
The Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War is said to have started during the King Sho Ei era of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1573 – 1588) as a ritual to pray for a great harvest, held as a traditional event to forecast the harvest of the year based on the outcome. It involves using a rope braided with “male” and “female” ropes as a way to celebrate the harvest in advance, which was then tugged in the directions of east and west. The rope is 90 m in length from east to west and weighs 5 tons. The sight of the rope with an arrangement atop being carried across town is a heroic sight, as it looks like a moving dragon. The moment the ropes are joined together with the kanachibo in place and the rope slams the ground, the tugging begins.
The sight of the tugging towards the east and west captivates the audience while fueling passion among those tugging. It is said that those who participate will be blessed with good health and fertility, and people come from all over Japan to participate each year. In addition to the tug-of-war, there are also plans for concerts and fireworks.