October 1935, the great tug-of-war of Naha was celebrated on Naha City Tsūdō main street.
The men in the photo belonged to the Eastern Party. They had the important task to take care of the kanichibō, i.e. the huge wooden lock bar thrusted through the loops of the two ropes to connect them.
There are no names given for the men in the photo, but I also strongly feel that this is Miyagi Chojun, founder of the Goju-ryu style of Okinawa Karate.
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