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Morioka Hachimangu, Morioka

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Morioka Hachimangu is a Shinto shrine in the city of Morioka, Iwate in northern Japan. The shrine is noted for its annual festival on the second Saturday in June, which is famous for the Chagu Chagu Umakko, a horse parade which was recognized in 1978 as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In 1996 the sound of the bells of the Chagu Chagu Umakko was selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. The shrine is also noted for its displays of yabusame horse archery during its annual festival on September 15.HistoryThe Morioka Hachimangū was established in 1062 during the late Heian period when Minamoto no Yoriyoshi brought a bunrei of the Minamoto clan’s tutelary shrine, the Iwashimizu Hachimangū in Kyoto to pray for victory in his campaign against the Abe clan in the Former Nine Years War. It was originally called the Hatomori Hachimangū. The shrine was rebuilt in 1593 by the Nanbu clan to be the protective shrine for Morioka Castle. Under the State Shinto system of shrine ranking from 1871 through 1946, the Morioka Hachimangū was officially designated as a "prefectural shrine". The Edo-period shrine structures burned down in 1884. The present main structure dates from 2006.
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  • Not Hi is very ancient shrine and prayed in the first junior high school students when I now without a best friend and my sister and, is a walk from Aoyama-Cho, said frozen snow on both sides of the shrine and smooth that it's also a walk home,, was young and feeling cold but is clearly hungry for.
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  • September 14-16, Autumn Festival was held. Morioka mountain car is beautifully decorated. Morioka version nebuta's say. And many stalls in the evening, children enjoyed the gap.
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  • Not old townscape in Morioka, as little as 10-15-storey apartment building here and there and a slightly odd impression. Plain is narrow? Will live, concentrated to the center of the city? Morioka hachimangu shrine there was direction in the impression that the station straight walked Morioka Park next to the back. Location and feel aspects of Temple Street, shops and restaurants are a little no new buildings, can walk a little relief. In the precincts of the shrine and the suspended gourd offering many Fortune also fish tied strings made something. On the night I went, but just doing the Mikoshi Festival preparation.
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