Chagu Chagu Umakko

10 Things to Do in the Scenic and Less Crowded City of Morioka

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) in the northeastern region of Tohoku (東北) in Japan has the lowest population density in the whole country after Hokkaido (北海道). Its capital is Morioka (盛岡市), a beautiful riverside city with a population of just 299,169 (as of September 2015). Even though it’s a scarcely populated city, it has a lot of…

Chagu Chagu Umakko: Iwate Prefecture’s Horse Festival

On the second Sunday of June, you can hear a beautiful sound coming from horses’ bells. This is known as “chagu-chagu,” which is an onomatopoetic expression for it. Thus, the event is known as Chagu Chagu Umakko, a festival of horses. In Iwate prefecture, about 100 horses with brightly colored harnesses parade through a distance…