The rope used in Okinawa's Guinness World Record Tug-O-War weighs over forty tons. It is placed on HWY 58 the morning of the event and the road is closed during the actual tug. There are two halves to the rope with a loop on each end, one is considered male, the other, female.
The photos below will give you an idea of the size and how the monster is assembled.
Okinawa, Japan has held the Guinness World Record for the largest Tug-O-War rope made from natural fibers since 1977. More details coming as I process photos and continue the research.
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Monday, October 11, 2010
Okinawa's Guinness Tug-O-War: The Rope (Photos)
Posted by RyukyuMike at 9:45 AM
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excellent photos. It looks like some giant caterpillar with all the wooden sticks. So how do the teams actually pull it ? and how long is it ?
The thing's a few city blocks long, weighs over 40 tons and 15,000 or so people grab the smaller ropes you see in the first photo and start grunting and groaning, pulling until their opponents drop from exhaustion !
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