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Tug of War heralds Itoman Full Moon Festival

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2008-09-12

Farmers and fishermen have always paid tribute to the Gods, seeking favor with good harvests and large catches of fish in their nets.

The tradition continues today, and Itoman City takes up its celebration Sunday with the Itoman Full Moon Festival and great tug of war. The festival is many things, from the opening ceremonies on the Itoman Elementary School grounds at 11:30 a.m., to the much anticipated tug of war that begins about 5:15 p.m. at the Itoman Rotary.

The festival always takes place in accordance with the lunar calendarís August 15th, and includes a spectacular parade through downtown, from Itoman Elementary School to Hakugindou. Route 331 is closed, and everyone on Okinawa is invited to participate in the festivities and tug of war.

The tug of war, one of Okinawaís largest and most spectacular, centers around a pair of 1.5 meter wide ropes which, when linked together for the event, stretches 180 meters. Townspeople and visitors join hands to move the Rope of Citizens, as it is called, a few meters during a pitched battle lasting one-half hour.

Itoman is easy for visitors to reach. Take the Okinawa Expressway south, exiting at Tomishiro Interchange, then following signs during the 20-minute drive to Itoman Rotary. Donít forget the cameras, both for the tug of war and the closing ceremonies that begin shortly before 6 p.m. along the festivalís Route 331 setting.

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