Chagu Chagu Umakko

 

 

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A legend tells a story of horse;

Long time ago, there was a greedy mister in Morioka. One day, he bought a blue-black shiny haired horse that looked good for working. It was rather calm but tough enough for hard working. His peasants named it Ao, which means Blue, and loved very much. But because the mister did not give the horse enough food and made it work too hard from morning till night without putting horseshoes, poor Ao had got thin and lost its lustre on his hair day by day.

 It was on May 5, Tango’s Day, when normally nobody worked but stayed at home to have rests, but since they had much snow in spring their works had been delayed, the greedy mister didn't give his peasants and the horse a holiday. As soon as a peasant started ploughing Ao suddenly tear off his rein and ran away. The peasant followed the horse and found a small white bearded old man riding on its back. Now all the peasants ran after the horse. At last when the peasants reached a mountain pass, they couldn't find the old man anywhere but only Ao was lying on the ground almost dying. They looked at Ao and murmured themselves “How pity…” But where had the old man gone? He must be a god of horses. He must have felt pity for Ao, so that let it leave from the greedy mister. They thought. The peasants buried Ao and built a shrine on it. Every year since then, they free their horses from their work on the Tango’s Day, and paid a devotional visit to the shrine with their horses decorated with pretty flowers and rings on their back.

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 


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