Highlighting JAPAN Vol.121 June 2018

Held on the second Saturday in June, Chagu Chagu Umakko is a festival that lends color and charm to early summer in Iwate Prefecture. Since ancient times, people here have given thanks to umakko (horses), which are indispensable to farming and treated like family members. With children on their backs, nearly a hundred horses parade from Onikoshisozen Shrine in Takizawa City to Hachimangu Shrine in Morioka City. The festival’s name reportedly comes from the sound made by the seven hundred bells adorning each horse’s colorful and elaborate costume, handmade by each household.CHAGU CHAGU UMAKKO FESTIVAL

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