Every year on National Sports Day in Naha, Okinawa, a Tug-of-War event is held, attracting thousands of participants, and even more spectators. With a 40-metric-ton and 200-meter rope, it’s in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1997 for being the largest tug-of-war event in the world. Each side accommodates up to 15,000 partakers.
The origin of this tradition roots from the the competition between the east and the west side rulers of Naha back in the 17th century. Now, the custom is performed to bring good prosperity to Okinawa, as well as the participants good health. Before the 3:00 pm Tug-of-War event, at 11:00 a.m there is a grand parade. Lion dancing, fan dancing, and martial arts performances, these are inclusive in the parade, and are not to be missed either. The parade is located on Kokusai Dori (the same shopping street recommended above), while the tug-of-war is at 58 Kumoji crossing. There is no admission fee.