Chagu Chagu Umakko

Accompanied by the resounding sound of bells ringing "chagu chagu," horses called Umakko parade through the streets of Nanbu Morioka. Chagu Chagu Umakko is a traditional event in Iwate, in which workhorses adorned in magnificent costumes march approximately 14 kilometers from Onikoshi Sozen Shrine in Takizawa to Morioka Hachimangu Shrine in Morioka.

Chagu Chagu Umakko Image


Chagu Chagu Umakko History Image

In Iwate, renowned for its horse breeding heritage, people have lived closely with horses since long ago. The origins of Chagu Chagu Umakko lie in the tradition of farmers soothing their exhausted horses after preparing for rice planting on the lunar calendar's Tango no Sekku (Boys' Day), and praying for their well-being at the Onikoshi Sozen Shrine. Thus, a festival was born from the traditions of these farmers, who cherished their horses.

Chagu Chagu Umakko Costumes Image

Adorned in vibrant attire and marching to the sound of bells--Chagu Chagu Umakko. It's said that each horse wears over 700 bells. During the mid-Edo period, as pilgrimages became popular, a culture of dressing up one's horses emerged, and the crafting of these outfits varies from household to household, passed down through generations. Currently, costume making workshops held during the winter, when agricultural work is typically calmer.


The Club

The Nanbu Morioka Chagu Chagu Umakko Club Image

The Nanbu Morioka Chagu Chagu Umakko Club is composed of people who participate in the parade event. To preserve this unique local festival, born out of love for horses, for future generations, its members continue activities such as breeding workhorses and passing down handling and costume making skills. Learn about the thoughts and efforts of those who support Chagu Chagu Umakko.