Tanegashima appears to have deep connections with rice.
In the north of the island, there is Urata Shrine, which is said to be the original source of white rice, while in the south, there is Houman Shrine, which has carried forward the tradition of cultivating red rice.
Aka-gome Kan houses historical reference material related to the many generations of growing red rice on this land.
Visitors will find an exhibit room with samplings, models, videos, and information panels about red rice.
It is opposite Houman Shrine and admission is free of charge.
It makes for an easy stop if you are paying a visit to the shrine.
Those looking for souvenirs won't be disappointed because they also sell red rice and red rice amazake.
For most, eating great food is one of the joys of a taking a trip, but discovering some history about food is also quite interesting.
In my case, I came across the surprising fact that the rice plants that came to the Japanese archipelago were probably different from those that came to Tanegashima.
The Kukinaga district that is home to the Aka-gome Kan has been a prime area for rice cultivation since long ago and it has carried on the long tradition of growing red rice.
At first glance, they looked like pretty normal fields, but there actually is history tied to this land.