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Myouryu-ji Temple / Kamakura Kanagawa

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The region around this temple is said to have remains of the homes of the Chiba clan, who were strong supporters of the Kamakura Shogunate. This temple was built by Chiba Tanesada, of the Chiba clan, and the high priest Nichiren-shōnin was invited to preside over the temple.

The second priest of the temple was Nisshin-shōnin. He wrote a book called “Risshō Chikokuron” under the influence of sect leader Nichiren-shōnin. With this book, he tried to warn Ashikaga Yoshinori, the sixth shogun of the Muromachi shogunate, against misgovernment of the country, but was captured and submitted to many forms of torture. Finally, a searing hot pot was placed over his head, and he has since been known as “Pot Head Nisshin” (Nabe kamuri Nisshin).

The pond on the right hand side of the main temple building is said to show traces of where Nisshin-shōnin undertook 100 days of training in the pond in the middle of winter.



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