Chagu-chagu umako
   The name of a horse-festival in Morioka, Iwate. 'Chagu-chagu' refers to the sound of the bells worn round the neck of a horse, which in northern Japanese dialect is 'umako'. The chagu-chagu umako includes a procession of about 100 beautifully adorned horses ridden by children and young women (see chigo). The route runs through rice fields from Komagata-jinja to the Morioka Hachiman jinja, about 12 miles. Offerings are made at various sozen jinja, subsidiary shrines dedicated to the guardian kami of horses, sozen-sama.

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  • Chagu Chagu Umakko — (チャグチャグ馬コ?) is a horse festival in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Held on the second Saturday in June, approximately one hundred horses with colourful fittings and bells parade between Sozen Jinja in Takizawa and Morioka Hachiman gū.[1] Chagu Chagu is… …   Wikipedia

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