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Posted by ampontan on Saturday, August 25, 2012

The O-bon aquatic tug-of-war in Karatsu, Saga, last week. The rope is 35 meters long and 40 centimeters thick. There was also a smaller scale event for 100 children.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi came up with the idea during his brief stay at the Nagoya Castle in what is now Saga. It was both a diversion for the troops and an event to commemorate O-bon.

The photo is from the Saga Shimbun and the video is from the Asahi Shimbun. At the end of the video, a man sighs, “Ah, three straight losses.”

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