The answer from Suwa Taisha shrine to Animal Network Japan

December 6, 2014
The answer from Suwa Taisha shrine to Animal Network Japan

Suwa Taisha surine continues the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers on January 1st, 2015.

Answer from Suwa Taisha shrine.


Thank you so much for your letter dated at November 11, 2014.
Our Kawazugari Shinji, (Shinto ritual of hunting frogs), is mentioned in many old precious books and it continues to this day in earnest.
Suwa Taisha has handed down traditional culture orally for over 1000 years.
This is a very important Shinto ritual in the faith of Suwa.
We want to ask you to understand it.
Please be kind and accept our answer.

November 25, 2014
Suwa Taisha

To Mrs.Masumi Tsuruta
Animal Network Japan
c/o Sakamoto law office
2-7-20,Ninomiya, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki

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●Suwa Taisha shrine
Please do not skewer us to offer as sacrifice on January 1st!!


●Every year on January 1st, Suwa Taisha shrine kills frogs by skewering them with a tree branch.
We want to stop the sacrifice, which causes pain and suffering to the living frogs.
Please call Suwa Taisha shrine to request the use of ornaments or frog effigies.


Please send your opinion to Suwa Taisha shrine.

Suwa Taisha
“Kamisya Hongu”
1 Nakasu Miyayama, Suwa city, Nagano 392-0015
TEL 0266 52 1919
FAX 0266 52 3303





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I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

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The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
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