★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
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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