Tagata Shrine: Surprise!
Tagata Shrine and Ooagata Shrine, two Shinto shrines located not so far away from one another, are considered as couple shrines. Tagata Shrine is located in Tagata-cho, Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture. It is dedicated to a god named "Mitoshino-Kami" and a goddess named "Tamahime-no-Mikoto." Ooagata jinja shrine is located a few miles northeast from Tagata shrine in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture. It is dedicated to a god named Ooagata-Oomikami. Within the shrine site is also enshrined a goddess named Tamahime-no-Mikoto.
People come to these shrines to pray for fertility, either harvest or especially to pray for having children. The shrine houses a big wooden phallus on a portable shrine, which is used in Hounen Matsuri, a fertility festival. There are many other wooden phallus in the shrine, and also stone phallus at one of a prayer corner outdoors. Even the bell is shaped like phallus. People who pray for fertility usually take one wooden phallus home, and when the prayer brings success, they return it with another phallus as a token of gratitude.