Tug of War Naha, Okinawa. An event at the annual festival in Naha tracing back to the 17th century. Held on Route 58, it is a battle between East/West teams correlating the competition between the two rulers in the Naha area in older days. The rope weighs some 40 metric tons and is over one metre in diameter.
May 17, 1945 Battle of Okinawa The US 6th Marine Division, part of US 3rd Amphibious Corps, continues assaulting Sugar Loaf hill have Japanese positions are heavily bombarded by aircraft, artillery and ships. Elements of US 1st Marine Division capture the western part of the Wana valley but fail to take the ridge. Units of the US 77th Division, part of US 24th Corps, make a surprise attack on Ishimmi Ridge, west of the village, and end up in positions exposed to Japanese fire.
Bashofu is a fabric made in Okinawa from the inner fiber of the basho banana plant. from the first half of the 20th century. Here, the ikat design of crosses has been beautifully worked. Bashofu is a very labor intensive fabric to produce and each thread is produced by gently knotting the strands of basho fiber resulting in a light textile with lots of texture.