Nawate, literary means a bank of rope. was named from the bank of Metoba River. The bank was so small like rope.
Frogs is the symbol of Nawate. The frog, Kajika-kaeru, live around Metoba River. In 1972, because frog disappeared from the river, people start cleaning river and built Frog Shrine. Now, frogs come back and become the symbol of Nawate.