Today we had the チャグチャグ馬コ (Chagu-chagu makko/umako festival) in which about 100 horses paraded about 15 km from 鬼越蒼前神社 (Onikoshi Souzen shrine) in 滝沢村 (Takizawa village) to 盛岡八幡宮 (Morioka Hachiman shrine) in 盛岡市 (Morioka city) wearing costumes with small bells. 'チャグチャグ(chagu-chagu)' describes the sounds of bells. This festival originated that farmers gave horses a rest from the hard labor of planting rice and offered prayers to God hoping horses would be healthy.
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