☆We sent a questionnaire to Suwa Taisha shrine.

January 8, 2017
☆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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