Question: What famous tug-of-war features the world’s biggest straw rope?
Answer: The one taking place this weekend at the Naha Festival on Okinawa Island in Japan. The two-hundred-metre, forty-ton rope made for this centuries-old annual event got into the Guinness Book of Records in 1997 and still hold the title. Harking back to the days when Okinawa had two different rulers, one tug-of-war team pulls for the eastern ‘kingdom’, the other for the west. This test of strength and skill involves thousands of people and can last up to half an hour. Once one side has been proclaimed victorious, spectators and participants rush to claim a commemorative piece of the rope, which is thought to bring good luck.