Temple is the place where Nichiren Shonin was born.
This is a solemn, sacred place located in Kominato, in Southern
Chiba, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Nichiren Shonin was born
in 1222. His father was Nukina Jiro Shigetada, and his mother's
name was UmegikuIn celebration of Shonin's birth, lotus flowers
bloomed on the seashore, red snapper gathered, and spring water
gushed out into the yard of the house.
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places are now preserved as Renge-ga-fuchi,
Tae-no-ura, and Tanjo-ido. Shonin's mother dreamedthat the sun entered
her bodywhen she became pregnant, so they named their son Zen-nichi-maro,
meaning "Boy with the Good Sun".
Nichiren Shonin proclaimed his new path of Buddhism, he continued
his mission in Kamakura.But in January of 1264 he learned that his
mother was ill and returned to his hometown. He inscribed a mandala
and prayed for his mother's recovery. Because of his great merits,
his mother's life was extended for another four years.
October of 1276, Nichike, one of Nichiren Shonin's second senior
disciples, built a temple on the grounds where Shonin's parents'
home stood. The patron of this temple was named Sakuma-Hyogo-no-kami
temple was originallyat the place where Tae-no-ura iscurrently located.
But in August of 1498 the temple was destroyed by a tsunami. The
temple was rebuilt, but the second temple was also destroyed by
a tsunami,in November of 1703. During the Hoei Period (1704-1710),
Nichiko restored the temple at its present location.
At that time, a local lord donated the property,
- Hondo (Main Hall)
- Honshi-den Hoto (Treasure Stupa)
- Ota-do (Hall of Ota)
- Tanjo-do (Hall of Nichiren's Birth)
- Kyaku-den (Social Hall)
- So-mon (Great Gate)
- Tanjo-sui no ido (Mill of Birth Water)
- Seven mandalas inscribed by Nichiren Shonin
- Mandalas inscribed by former resident minister
- Belongings of Lord Mitsukuni Mito
- Belongings of Lord Kiyomasa Kato
- Drawings by Taosali Soma on the ceiling of Soshido
Temple's Annual Events
January 1 New Years
February 16 Celebration of Nichiren Shonin's
April 15 Senbu-e
(Reading of the Lotus Sutra a thousand times)
August 10 Segaki
November. 12 Oeshiki (Nichiren Shonin's memorial service)
Kuonji Temple | Kominato-Zan
Tanjoji Temple | Senko-Zan
Jissoji Temple | Shochu-Zan
Hokekyoji Temple | Kaiko-Zan
Kyoninji Temple | Jakko-Zan