☆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
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.

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.


☆Suwa Taisha shrine were not able to capture and kill the frog openly.

January 3, 2017
☆Suwa Taisha shrine were not able to capture and kill the frog openly.

From the blog of CAPIN.




Suwa Taisha shrine were not able to capture and kill the frog openly.

We held the demonstration from 23:30pm on December 31 to 01:00am, January 1.


We chanted and called out to the passersby.
Many people stopped and listened to us.

On January 1, we held a demonstration from 7:30am to 9:30am at Mitarai river, where the Shinto ritual was performed until the year before last.
We wore frog costumes, and had balloons, placards and banners.

There was a standing signboard, and a rope (from last year).

It is forbidden to pass leaflets, or use signboards, banners, costumes, and voice opinions, which obstruct the Shinto ritual and worship.
Suwa Taisha shrine.

There were some police and Ujiko (Shrine parishioners).
There were less Ujiko than last year.

We had a permit from the Suwa police department for the demonstration.






We did this action legally, and with dignity.

When we went into the Mitarai river, one Ujiko shouted to us not to go in.
But Mitarai river is public property, managed by Suwa-city, and anybody can go in.
We loudly told him this is a problem, that it’s illegal to put up the rope and forbid entry.

By the way, Suwa Taisha shrine had put the rope there until last year, but without a permit required by Suwa-city public management regulations.

Last year, we talked about that with Shinano Mainichi, a local newspaper publisher.
A journalist wrote a serialized report on Suwa Taisha shrine, but didn’t mention this problematic action by the shrine.

The year before last, the local media wrote an article to denounce entrance into the river.
We were surprised that they made no mention of people’s right to enter the river, and were uncritical of the superstitions of Suwa Taisha shrine.

At 9:30am, the rope to close the bridge was released.
This indicated that the Shinto ritual was finished.



Suwa Taisha shrine didn’t conduct the Shinto ritual openly, but finished “frog hunting” somewhere else, secretly.
Later on, we heard that they did it somewhere around the upper reaches of the river.
This year, we didn’t hear the sound of drums, and didn’t see the line of the Shinto priesthood.


For this Shinto ritual, they must conduct their enactment at Mitarai river, one of the “seven wonders”.

But they didn’t use the proper place, and having done it in secret, it was just the killing of a frog.

It is obvious that there is no longer the significance of true Shinto ritual.

If they don’t do it openly, it is meaningless to kill a real frog.

This year and last year, Ujiko said that there is meaning in killing.

I don’t understand.
What does it mean, that the effigy doesn’t work?
What does it mean, that there is meaning killing?


Why don’t we go the way of the non-killing?


From Act on Welfare and Management of Animals.

Article 1 
The purpose of this act is to engender a spirit supportive of animal welfare among citizens, and to contribute to the development of a respect for life and sentiments of amity and peace, by providing for the prevention of cruelty to animals, the proper handling of animals and other matters concerning animal welfare, as well as to prevent animals from causing an infringement on the life, body or property of humans, by providing for matters concerning the management of animals.

Article 2 
In light of the fact that animals are living beings, no person shall kill, injure, or inflict cruelty on animals without due cause, and every person shall treat animals properly by taking into account their natural habits, and giving consideration to the symbiosis between humans and animals.


From the blog of CAPIN.

☆Report, and thanks for protest action at Suwa Taisha shrine on New Year’s day 2017.

January 2, 2017
☆Report, and thanks for protest action at Suwa Taisha shrine on New Year’s day 2017.

Please stop cruel rituals involving the use of living creatures.

January 1st, 2017, we, Inuneko Kyusainowa, conducted a protest action at Suwa Taisha Shrine, along with other humane associations and volunteers.
We arranged the official permission from the authorities, and appealed legally.





Group demonstration action permit.


10 animal protection activists gathered.
They specialize in different animals, and represented a variety of animal rights activities.
But there was a common hope for using dolls or other effigies as substitutes for small living creatures (frogs), and for stopping the cruel ritual of skewering living frogs.

Suwa Taisha shrine didn’t perform the Shinto ritual “frog hunting” at Mitarai river as they had last year, but did it behind closed doors.
This is not Shinto ritual anymore.

The voices of approval for our cause are increasing.
We have so many supporting messages.
Thank you so much!

We also received e-mail from an Ujiko (Shrine parishioner).
We all have the same wish to greet the new year with joy.
However, there can not be happiness in the sacrifice of an animal.
What if you or your pet had to be sacrificed for Shinto ritual, how would you feel?
Would you happily offer your family for sacrifice?
Or perhaps some other life?

This time, we didn’t go into the river.
But last year, we heard that if women go into the river, the river becomes corrupt.
We hope for a society without discrimination and abuse of the weak.

We continue to protest this cruel Shinto ritual.
We’ll never give up, until the day when ritual slaughter disappears from Shinto practice.

We would appreciate further cooperation from all of you.

Akiko Yui
Inuneko Kyusainowa
January 1st, 2017

Here are the contents of our appeal.

The new year's day rite commonly known as “frog hunting” is a Shinto ritual involving skewering living frogs with a sharp stick.
We ask that they stop this cruel Shinto ritual, and use substitutes, such as dolls.
Bizarre murder cases involving the casual taking of human life are increasing.
Also abuse of weak, or vulnerable people is increasing year by year.
We have to stop it.
Overseas, events of “sacrifice", involving infliction of pain, and death of animals, are being abolished one by one.

We ask for your cooperation to realize “Japan without abuse”.
Thank you so much.

All the volunteers against the “frog hunting” Shinto ritual of the Suwa Taisha shrine.

Please share the message! For a society without abuse! Looking for protest activity participants early morning on New Year’s day.

December 8, 2016

Please share the message!
For a society without abuse!
Looking for protest activity participants early morning on New Year’s day.

If you wish to stop the infliction of pain, and fatally cruel handling, won’t you join our protest activity at Suwa Taisha Shrine?
It will be early morning, on January 1st.
If you come from far away, we can coordinate accommodation and car-sharing.
Please contact us as soon as possible.


Eliminate "sacrifice" from Japan before the Tokyo Olympics!

Cases of bizarre incidents involving the casual taking of human life continue to increase.
Also abuse of the weak escalate year by year.
We must stop this trend.

Overseas, “sacrifice”, events inflicting pain and death, have been abolished one after another.
We want to start by abolishing this cruel “sacrifice”.

This "sacrifice" event has been justified under the name of Shinto ritual.
However, it is cruel, and this raises concern about it’s influence on young people.
Unfortunately, Suwa Taisha Shrine still continues doing “sacrifice” of the creatures even now.
Suwa Taisha Shrine impales the live frog, skewering it to death as “sacrifice” every year on New Year's Day. (“frog hunting” / “Kawazugari”)

We will protest again on New Year’s day, 2017, at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
For a the society without abuse!
Please support us.

Some people say it is just the frog.
But it was humans in old times.



Still now, the living frog is killed by impalement in the “frog hunting” on New Year’s day.

Please send your voice to Suwa Taisha Shrine.
We ask that they use a substitute, an effigy such as a doll, or ornament of frog, rather than using a living frog.

Nagano Suwa Taisha Shrine.
TEL : 0266-52-1919

We will protest again on New Year’s day 2017 at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
If you want to join us, please contact us.

What if Suwa Taisha shrine made a boy “sacrifice” in old times.

October 3, 2016

What if Suwa Taisha shrine made a boy “sacrifice” in old times.

Eliminate "sacrifice" from Japan before the Tokyo Olympics!
Stop the Shinto ritual of frog hunting at Suwa Taisha shrine every January 1st.

History of “sacrifice” in Suwa Taisha shrine:





It is said that in old times, Suwa Taisha shrine made a boy “sacrifice”.

The Oniebashira, which is a pillar to which a boy is tied, is moved to the center of an altar.
The Guji, (chief priest) chants prayers to the Oniebashira while other participants offer Tamagushi (literally "jewel skewer”).
Oniebashira was thought of as the representative of god.
A boy was called Okou (messenger of god), and “sacrificed”.
According to the pamphlet of the museum of Jincho Kanmoriya Shiryokan, in Kayano-city, the boys were killed for Shinto ritual.


75 deers were beheaded.
Now they use stuffed animals.

A rabbit had also been skewered.

A pheasant is captured alive but then released.

Still in present times frogs are skewered alive as part of a Shinto ritual at Suwa Taisha Shrine every January 1st.
We hope they will switch to using substitutes like dolls instead of live frogs.


Please send your voice to Suwa Taisha Shrine.
Suwa Taisha shrine (Nagano) TEL 0266-52-1919

We will protest again on January 1st, 2017 at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
Please join us!!
If you living far from Nagano, it is possible to organize accommodation.


About Us

Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
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.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
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.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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