Every year in the port of Naha, Okinawa Japan, the world’s largest rope is constructed of rice straw for the annual great tug-of-war, or O-tsunahiki.
Over 600 feet long and six feet in diameter the rope is central to the main event of a 400 year old tradition at Naha, the world’s largest Tsunahiki festival. The Asian tradition of tsunahiki, or tug of war, dates back more than 2,000 years and is a feature of many festivals.
The Naha rope is completely handmade by crew of 16 workers in 45 days to complete. Constructed in two separate sections the rope joined with an immense wooden toggle symbolizing the union of male and female. Participants pull the giant rope with approximately 250 7 meter long hand ropes attached to the giant rope.