In 1282, Nichiji Shonin, who was Nichiren Shonin’s disciple, founded a hermitage. It was called Higashinobo. “Bo” means a priest’s house.
In the late Edo period, it merged with Genribo, which is located outside Honmonji Temple’s Somon Gate, opposite of Honjyoin Temple. During 1684-1688.
Genribo was founded and called Tsujinobo. In 1841, when Kannoji Temple in Zoshigaya was abolished, the remaining lumber was given to the priests and the temple was rebuilt and moved to its current location. When the temple was rebuilt, it was donated by the housemaid of the Tokugawa-Hitotsubashi family; therefore, it is also called the Hitotsubashi family’s Daimoku-do hall (the Prayer Hall).
＊The Tokugawa Shogunate was the feudal military government of Japan
during the Edo period from 1600 to 1868. The Tokugawa Shogunate was established by Tokugawa Ieyasu.
【Message from the Chief Priest】
Thank you for visiting us on this occasion. What do you think about Honmonji Temple, the many other temples in the area, and Ikegami? Please visit us again with your family and friends. May the powers of Buddha be with you.
【A brief explanation of Nichiren Shonin and Ikegami 】
Nichiren Shonin (1222－1282) was a priest in the mid-Kamakura period and founder of the Nichiren Shu of Buddhism. “Shonin” means a “reverend priest.”
Nichiren Shu is a Buddhist Order that was founded more than 750 years ago. “Shu” simply means “Order.”
Nichiren Shonin founded Ikegami Honmonji Temple just before his death in October of 1282 at the request of Ikegami Munenaka, a wealthy feudal load and faithful follower.