YONABARU NEWS 与那原町からのお知らせ
という声をいっぱいいただき嬉しい限りです。 というわけで・・・来年２０２０年の 第３８回「与那原大綱引曳まつり」は・・・・
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.