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讃岐牛の歴史The Origins of Sanuki Cattle

讃岐牛の歴史

#The history of Sanuki Wagyu began in 1882, when Shodoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture became the first place in Japan to raise Kuroge Washu cattle (Japanese Black) for beef. Shodoshima is home to Yasakajinja Shrine, where a cow has been worshipped as a divine messenger since long ago. It is said that cows which feed on the bamboo grass growing within the shrine grounds will not become sick. Praying for the health of their cattle, people living in the area would graze their cows at the shrine, or bring the grass home with them if they lived far away. Additionally, this area has a long history of raising cattle for farm work. Within the shrine grounds you can find a stone monument which describes Kangyuhoboku no Ato (Site of Official Cattle Farming). On the monument it is written that in ancient times, a god named Susano-o no Mikoto raised cows on Shodoshima and encouraged cattle farming. It also describes how official cattle farming on Shodoshima, which was ordered by Emperor Monmu approximately 1,300 years ago, was recorded in the Shoku Nihongi, an imperially commissioned historical text.

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At the beginning of the Taisho period (1912-1926), these cattle began to be referred to as “Sanuki Wagyu ” in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Later, raising cattle for beef spread to the Mitoyo, Nakatado and Ayagawa districts of Kagawa, becoming popular throughout the prefecture. These traditional methods of cattle farming, cultivated by the tireless efforts of farmers and fostered by the mild climate of the Sanuki region, have become the cornerstone of the Sanuki Wagyu industry, which continues to this day.

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