Changu changu umako. The most beautiful and lovely parade in the world.
Held on the second Saturday in June, approximately one hundred horses with colorful fittings and bells parade between Sozen-jinja Shrine in Takizawa and Morioka Hachiman-gu Shrine (15 km, 10 miles). '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.
Horse owners pray for health of their working horses and thank you for their labors.