Chag-Chag Umako, June, Takizawa-mura, Iwate
Some 100 horses, fitted with brightly colored harnesses and lots of bells, parade along a distance of approximately 15 km (10 miles) from Takizawa Village to Morioka City. 'Chagu Chagu' is an onomatopoeic expression for the bells sounding as the horses trot along. This simple yet pleasant sound has been selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of "the 100 best sonic scenes of Japan to be preserved into the future." The donut-shaped accessory hung below the neck of the horse, which also makes a pleasant sound, was originally a bell for warding off wolves.