Date

Sep 29 2024

Time

All Day

Cost

Free

Area

(8) Kyushu & Okinawa Area

Itoman Great Tug-of-War 2024

The Itoman Tug-of-War is one of the three major tug-of-war events in Okinawa, Japan, and it is a traditional ceremony held to pray for a bountiful harvest, abundant fishing, household safety, and good health. The event took place on September 29, 2023 (Friday) in Itoman City, coinciding with the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar.

Key features of the Itoman Tug-of-War include:

  1. Date and Location: The event occurred on September 29, 2023, in Itoman City, aligning with the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar.
  2. Prayer Focus: Participants engage in the tug-of-war to invoke blessings for a prosperous harvest, abundant fishing, household safety, and good health.
  3. Creation of the Tug-of-War Rope: On the day of the tug-of-war, a rope of approximately 180 meters is created by joining male and female sections.
  4. “Dozunee” Parade: Prior to the tug-of-war, a parade known as “Dozunee” is conducted. This parade may involve rituals and blessings associated with the upcoming event.
  5. Ritual of Tug-of-War: The joining of the male and female sections of the rope, stretching from north to south, symbolizes the anticipation of a fruitful outcome. The results of the tug-of-war are believed to foretell good or bad fortune.
  6. Organizers and Attendance: The Itoman Tug-of-War is organized by the Itoman City Tourism, Sports Promotion Division, with the cooperation of the Itoman Tug-of-War Event Committee. Admission for spectators is free, allowing both locals and tourists to enjoy this traditional ceremony.

Events like the Itoman Tug-of-War contribute to the sense of community and play a significant role in preserving and passing down cultural traditions.

 

 


 

 

Event Summary

Itoman City, Okinawa, Japan

Period
September 29, 2024

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