Soshi-do Hall (A Hall Enshrining the Founder of the Sect)

Standing on the right of the main hall, Soshi-do Hall enshrines Nichiren Shonin. Because Nichiren left the words “My spirit will live in Minobusan (or Mount Minobu) forever,” this hall is thought to be where the spirit of the Nichiren, the founder of Nichiren Sect, lives; and the framed word, “Seishinkaku (where the spirit of Nichiren resides), is placed at the entrance. A fire in 1875 destroyed the main hall and Soshi-do Hall. However, in 1881, six years after the fire, it was rebuilt using lumber transferred from the Nezumiyama (present-day Mejiro, Toshim-ku, Tokyo) Kanno-ji Temple, which had been closed in the Edo Period (1603-1868). In the middle of the hall, there is a miniature shrine with a statue of Nichiren in the middle, and memorial tablets of Nichiren’s parents and statues of his six disciples on the right and left sides of Nichiren. The framed word “Rissho” is associated with the Daishi-go title of Nichiren given by Emperor Showa in 1931.


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