Beneath a canopy of cedar, three women pass through the grounds of Izumo Grand Shrine, one of the most important Shinto sites in Japan. As the fog reduces most of the scene to silhouette, the women carry trays bedecked with auspicious symbols of the New Year. Hotohoto is a New Year celebration local to the region. The festival takes its name from the onomatopoeia of knocking on a door. There are different traditions associated with this festival, including leaving rice cakes (mochi) on the doorstep for a god’s messenger to replace with a straw craft, or children going door-to-door to receive mochi and small gifts. Today, the former Izumo Province belongs to modern Shimane Prefecture.