Houman Shrine

Originally referred to as "Houman Daimyojin" long ago, enshrined here is Tamayori-hime, and the shrine itself has deep connections to local rice cultivation and the Shinto rituals around red rice.
The pond at Houman extends to over 4km, and the location brings in lots of waterfowl during the winters, which results in a "Dance of Ducks" that's truly a must-see for visitors.
The surrounding greenery and distant view of unique rock formations along the Takesaki coast makes for a splendid view.
To add to that, the ceremonial Shinto celebration "Houman Shrine Rice Planting Festival" takes place at a small forested area atop the rice paddy area.
The altar at the top of this area is made from corallite.
The red rice seedlings that have been bestowed with spirits there are then brought to the field attached to the Shrine beside the forested section of the rice paddy (called the "Osemachi"), and then from there men plant them.
Following that the ceremonial "Rice Planting" dance takes place.
This is a special performance that shows just how important the planting of rice is here.