A general tug of war in Japan is one in which two teams draw one tug of war to decide the outcome. Its history has been seen in Japan since around 1500, and it has been performed during the New Year as a Shinto ritual or fortune-telling. In this case, a rope made of straw or kaya was used.

In other words, tug of war is a composition in which snakes that represent Emptiness are drawn together. The meaning of this Shinto ritual can be found in Hinduism. In the Hindu Mahabharata creation myth, there is a story called Samudra-manth. "Vishnu put a wide variety of plants and seeds into the milky sea, then became the incarnation giant turtle Kurma, and put Mt. Mandara on his back. With Vishnu's tail, Asla holding Vishnu's head and pulling each other to rotate the mountain, the sea was agitated. Stirring lasted for 1000 years, from the Milky Sea the sun, moon, elephants, horses. , Various things such as goddesses were born. "

It was Vasuki in the form of a snake that the gods pulled together. Vasuki is also Nagaraja, the king of snake gods in Indian mythology, and Nagaraja is a figure in which two snakes are intertwined. In other words, the tug of war represents the Creation (Big Bang).