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Standing tall for tug-of-war

Date Posted: 2003-07-24

Summer and fall are the seasons for traditional tug-of-wars at various locations in the prefecture. They all were originally conducted to ensure good harvest, luck and happiness.

One of the most special was held in Tsukazan, Heabaru Town this past weekend. This tug-of-war is held only once every 10 years, although last year’s event was postponed by one year because of conflict with local elections. The special feature of this event is that the king and his men are standing on platforms that are supported by “1000 poles” that are carried by men called “chinmi.” The poles are called “rokushaku.”

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