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Komatsubara-Zan Kyoninji Temple

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Address: 1413 Hiroba, Kamogawa, Chiba

Direction: JR Sotobo-line, Awa-Kamogawa Station, 20 minutes walking or 5 minutes by taxi.

This is the site of the Komatsubara Persecution, which is one of the four major persecutions which Nichiren underwent. It was the most severe of the persecutions because two of his companions were killed and others in the party that day were injured. The present day temple property is so peaceful, making it seem to not be a place where such a persecution could have occured.


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The Temple's beginning

On November 11, 1264 while Nichiren Shonin was staying in the Boso area of Chiba, one of his followers, Yoshitaka Kudo who was a lord of Amatsu, invited him to visit. When Nichiren and ten of his followers left Rengeji temple of Hanabusa and were walking on a street of Komatsudara. It was at this location that they were attacked by Kagenobu Tojo and his men. Kagenobu was a strong Nembutsu believer who disliked Nichiren's criticism of his faith. Nichiren Shonin tried to protect himself from Kagenobu's sword with his prayer beads, but suffered a wound, which was about three inches in size. Nichiren Shonin's disciples, Kyoninbo and the Lord Yoshitaka Kudo, who had come when he heard of the attack, were killed and two others were seriously injured.

Later one of Yoshitaka Kudo's sons, Nichiryu, became Nichiren Shonin's disciple. In order to assure prayers for the late Kyoninbo and Yoshitaka Kudo, Nichiryu founded Kyoninji Temple on March 5, 1281.

The Temple today

A 800 year old cedar tree stands in the temple's yard. The temple has a Soshi-do (founder's hall) which was built in the middle of Edo period, a Hondo (grand hall), a temple office, and a gate. The temple also cares for such sacred treasures as Nichiren Shonin's writing, "Tokidono Gosho", the prayer beads which protected Nichiren from the blow of the sword, the blooded robe of Kyoninbo, and pictorial history books of Nichiren Shonin.

The temple commemorates annual events such as Kaishu-e (Dedication day) on April 28, Komatsubara Persecution Day on November 11, and Oeshiki (Nichiren Shonin's memorial day) on October 13.

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