Neko-oroshi festival (January 4)
On the entrance of the main building of the shrine, dedicated to the deity of agriculture, a big shimenawa* made by new straws, and a wooden board with New Year’s wish are placed. And also a bamboo tree of around three meters high with sacred cut papers made by rice cake to resemble a rice plant with full ears is placed inside the building. Then, a Neko** made by rice cake, and miniature farming tools made of Japanese sumac wood, such as mortar, pounder, hoe, and sickle are offered before the deity in order to pray for the good harvest of the year.
* Shinto straw festoon
** Japanese mat, made by rush plant
Hatsuho (the first ears of rice) festival (July 28)
It is traditionally called as Komugi (wheat) festival.
Cropped wheat is purified seven and a half times with a mortar and pounder in the night before, and steamed by sacred fire in the next day. Then it is offered before the deity with raw wheat, in order to thank for the good harvest.
Neko-makuri festival (December 23)
A festival to offer thanks for the result of the pray at Neko-oroshi festival (January 1).
A rice-cake-made Neko is offered before the deity to ritualize "Neko-makuri" (putting away a Neko), and to thank for the good harvest through the year.