Ekoin is a temple of the Jodo sect that was opened in 1657, about 360 years ago.
When this temple was built, there was a great fire known as “Furisode Fire” and more than 60% of the city was burnt and the precious lives of more than 100,000 people were lost. Many of those who perished in this disaster were people whose identities and relatives were unknown. Ietsuna, the Shogun of the time, gave a plot of land on the east bank of the Sumida River, where the temple is now located, to bury the bodies of these people. At this time, a hall was built for the practice of Nembutsu, and this was the beginning of the history of Ekoin Temple.
Today, Ekoin Temple has been maintained to this day as a place that teaches the Buddha’s compassion for all beings, whether they are related or unrelated, human or animal.
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