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〒130-0026
2-8-10 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3634-7776
E-mail: info@ekoin.or.jp


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Introduction and History

Ekoin is a Jodo Sect Buddhist temple established approximately 350 years ago in the third year of Meireki ( 1657 ). This was the year when the so-called Furisode Kaji, a great fire of Meireki, destroyed more than 100,000 lives and more than 60 % of Edo.

To honor the fire victims, the fourth Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ietsuna, issued a decree granting land for burials in Honjo, later known as Ryogoku, on the east bank of the Sumida River, and ordering prayer for the repose of their souls. Since the majority of the fire victims were not survived by relatives, Banninzuka, a monument for all their souls, was constructed by the Shogun, and a great memorial service was conducted by the Holy Priest Junyo of Zojoji Temple, the chief temple of the Jodo Sect. A temple where the memorial chant, a prayer to Amida Buddha, was to be offered was built at the same time. This was the origin of Ekoin, and the founding principle of spreading Amida Buddha's benevolence to all souls of all living creatures continues today.

Ekoin continues to offer a resting place for any soul who did not leave relatives behind, including victims of natural disaster, prisoners, and animals. Ekoin became the temple for the common people of Edo and frequented by pilgrims from all over the country. It held exhibits of precious Buddhist statues and treasures owned by other temples around the country, and was designated a sumo tournament venue later in the Edo era. The first sumo tournament on the temple grounds was held in the fifth year of Meiwa ( 1768 ) as a charity fund raising event, and then the semi-annual Ekoin sumo continued into the Meiji era until the national sumo stadium was built in the 42nd year of Meiji ( 1909 ).

The Ekoin compound contains numerous historically important statues and monuments that have survived fires, earthquakes, anti-Buddhist movements, and air-raid disasters during the past 350 years. Ekoin survived supported by the faith and dedication of common people and generations of its priests. May the benevolence of Amida Buddha and the founder of the Jodo Sect, Holy Priest Honen, continue to watch over Ekoin.
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