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★Questionnaire to the answer from Suwa Taisha shrine.

February 6, 2017
★Questionnaire to the answer from Suwa Taisha shrine.



To Mr. Kazutaka Kitajima
Representative officer
Suwa Taisha Shrine

From Yui Akiko
Representative
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital


Thank you so much for your answer dated at January 30.
I appreciate your sincere answer during such a busy time.

Mr.Kitajima said that frog hunting is an important Shinto ritual of Suwa Taisha Shrine and it has been handed down since ancient times. It is a very important ceremonial rite which should be continued.
Suwa Taisha has 25,000 shrines in Japan and you are the general head office.
I hear that there are many believers, domestically as well as overseas.
Therefore we expect your detailed explanation about frog hunting to the general public, not only Ujiko (Shrine Parishners).
As you know, we are in an era where transparency and openness are ensured everywhere, not only for related organizations.
I hope you can be as open as possible with this information, fulfilling expectations of accountability.
Below are questions concerning this matter.
We appreciate your sincere answer.

You answered with a definition of Mitarai river as a pure flow in the precincts.
Are there any reasons why you did the frog hunting outside of the river until last year?

2) Please explain in detail how you capture the frog, how you kill, and how log it takes.

3) You answered that only the Ujiko know how to get the frog.
But your Shinto ritual frog hunting, one of seven wonders since ancient times, is to dig up a hibernating frog in the Mitarai River.
I think there is a discrepancy in your information.

4) Shinto ritual frog hunting is a service of Ujiko.
Can you tell me who the organizer is, and who bears responsibility?

5) I think there is an executive committee or steering committee directing the sacrificial Shinto ritual frog hunting. Can you explain this porcess for us?

And last, please tell me if you can verify any plans for review of future Shinto rituals?

Please answer to these questions by the end of February.
Thank you very much.


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☆Answer from Suwa Taisha shrine.

February 5, 2017
☆Answer from Suwa Taisha shrine.

Below blue sections are the answers from Suwa Taisha Shrine,



To Mr. Kazutaka Kitajima
Representative officer
Suwa Taisha Shrine

From Yui Akiko
Representative
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital


Dear Sir,

We have been asking for the abolition of the Shinto ritual sacrifice (frog hunting) and for the use of a substitute.
We have received some information from Ujiko (Shrine Parishners).
However as we want to be sure we have correct information, we would like to ask you some questions.
We would appreciate your answers.
As you have received subsidies from the government of over 60 million yen in 2014, we believe it is incumbent on you to answer such questions by and for the citizenry.
We would appreciate it if you could provide written answers by the end of January.

Questions;
1) This year, Shinto ritual frog hunting was done in another place, not, as usual, Mitarai river, and was not open to the public.
However some Ujiko (Shrine Parishioners) wrote in their blog that it was cancelled this year. Have you done the Shinto ritual frog hunting this year? If you have abolished it, there would be no further need for the protest activities. Thus, we need your accurate confirmation.

*The following questions are relevant if you will continue the Shinto ritual frog hunting.

⇒Answer: We conducted Shinto ritual frog hunting this year.


2) In the letter from you dated at September 17, 2015, you wrote the following;
You said that the frog hunting is mentioned as being among the seven wonders in the historical material of the Kamakura era, (1185-1333), “Suwa Jyosya Butsukirei”.
Also in the engisho, (historical records book), of Muromachi era, (1338-1573), “Suwa Daimyojin Ekotoba”, it states that it has been important since ancient times to hunt the frogs in the Mitarai river, as a traditional Shinto ritual. “

If you are still doing Shinto ritual frog hunting, please tell us exactly where you have done it last year and this year.

⇒Answer: The Mitarai river is considered to have a quality of pure flow. The “frog hunt” on January 1 has continued without change since ancient times. We can’t tell you the exact place as it is on private property.



3) How did you get the frogs last year and this year?
One Ujiko (Shrine Parishner) told us that you used “farmed frogs”. Is this true?
Also someone told us before that frogs will be brought from somewhere in a plastic case. Please tell us how you get frogs.

⇒Answer: Frog hunting is performed as a service of Ujiko (Shrine Parishnersw). We don’t know how they get frogs.



4) In the school systems of UK, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and France, dissection of frogs is prohibited by law.
Also they abolished rituals using creatures, and instead use substitute items.
Still Suwa Taisha shrine is going to do the ritual frog hunting?
Is there any possibility of considering it’s abolition, or the use of substitutes?

⇒Answer: Frog hunting is an important Shinto ritual of Suwa Taisha Shrine that has been handed down since ancient times. It is a very important ceremonial rite, the practice of which we should continue.


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☆We sent a questionnaire to Suwa Taisha shrine.



To Mr.Kazutaka Kitajima
Representative officer
Suwa Taisha Shrine

From Yui Akiko
Representative
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital


Dear Sir,

We have been asking for the abolition of the Shinto ritual sacrifice (frog hunting) and for the use of a substitute.
We have received some information from Ujiko (Shrine Parishners).
However as we want to be sure we have correct information, we would like to ask you some questions.
We would appreciate your answers.
As you have received subsidies from the government of over 60 million yen in 2014, we believe it is incumbent on you to answer such questions by and for the citizenry.
We would appreciate it if you could provide written answers by the end of January.

Questions;
This year, Shinto ritual frog hunting was done in another place, not usual Mitarai river, and was not open to the public.
However some Ujiko (Shrine Parishioners) wrote in their blog that it was cancelled this year. Have you done the Shinto ritual frog hunting this year? If you have abolished it, there would be no further need for the protest activities. Thus, we need your accurate confirmation.

*The following questions are relevant if you will continue the Shinto ritual frog hunting.
2) In the letter from you dated at September 17, 2015, you wrote the following;
You said that the frog hunting is mentioned as being among the seven wonders in the historical material of the Kamakura era, (1185-1333), “Suwa Jyosya Butsukirei”.
Also in the engisho, (historical records book), of Muromachi era, (1338-1573), “Suwa Daimyojin Ekotoba”, it states that it has been important since ancient times to hunt the frogs in the Mitarai river, as a traditional Shinto ritual. “

If you are still doing Shinto ritual frog hunting, please tell us exactly where you have done it last year and this year.

3) How did you get the frogs last year and this year?
One Ujiko (Shrine Parishner) told us that you used “farmed frogs”. Is this true?
Also someone told us before that frogs will be brought from somewhere in a plastic case. Please tell us how you get frogs.

4) In the school educatIon of UK, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and France, dissection of frogs is prohibited by law.
Also they abolished rituals using creatures, and instead use substitute items.
Still Suwa Taisha shrine is going to do the ritual frog hunting?
Is there any possibility of considering it’s abolition, or the use of substitutes?

Thank you so much.


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