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The Daimoku Monument

 The Daimoku—Namu myō hōrenge kyō—is the ritual mantra chanted by members of the Nichiren Sect.

 Between the Main Hall and the Myōken Hall there is a big monument with the daimoku carved in stone. On its back one can read the following inscription: Daimyō Issenbu Muenhōkai-no-tame Hōshunbikuni. Approximately 300 years ago, during the Edo period, there was a family in Kyoto named Taniguchi, who were devout believers in the Lotus Sutra. The main character of the family was Chōemon jiei Taniguchi, a tradesman from Yahataya, Kyoto. His posthumous name—Myōshin Hōetsu Nichizui—is known, but no further details are recorded and the sect historical archives do not give further information on the individuals in the family. The Taniguchi family donated more than 100 daimoku monuments, 110 wood mandalas and numerous scrolls depicting the death of Buddha to temples worshipping the Lotus Sutra all over the country. They also erected daimoku monuments in every execution place from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo), in the memory of all those who had been executed there.

 The posthumous names of Hōetsu's parents were Jissōin Hōnyū Nitchū and Teirin'in Hōshun Nichiyō. On the mandala worshipped at Gatsuzōji there is an inscription with the name Hōshun, and it is recorded that the scroll depicting the death of Buddha, offered to the temple in 1698, was a donation from Hōetsu in the memory of his parents. Thus we have reason to believe that the daimoku monument was also a donation to Gatsuzōji from Hōetsu's mother, Hōshun Bikuni. However, in the seventh volume of the historical archives of Sakai City, one can find the following entry about the former execution sites: "During the Tokugawa period, there were two execution sites, one in the South, in the Kishū Kaidō Higashi Minato area, and one in the North, in the area across from the current place of the Kazamaji Temple in Namimatsuchō. The daimoku monument erected by Hōshun Bikuni in the memory of Dōken Ōno (who was executed) was moved to Gatsuzōji during the Meiji period, when the execution site was cleared away." From this we can infer that Dōken Ōno' s memorial pagoda and Rokuemon Kazama's tombstone may have been moved to Gatsuzōji in the beginning of the Meiji period.