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July 21, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
The men from the local post office put up a good fight, but they were no match for the fishermen's wives paddling furiously across the finish line to the frenzied beat of gongs and drums. It was the first time in village history that a women's team had ever competed in haarii , or the dragon boat races, traditionally held during the annual Sea God Festival in the southern Ryukyu Islands.
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July 21, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
The men from the local post office put up a good fight, but they were no match for the fishermen's wives paddling furiously across the finish line to the frenzied beat of gongs and drums. It was the first time in village history that a women's team had ever competed in haarii , or the dragon boat races, traditionally held during the annual Sea God Festival in the southern Ryukyu Islands.
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