Lady Takeko Kujo (1887-1928) was the daughter of Myonyo (1850-1903) the 21st Abbot of the Nishi Hongwan-ji sect of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, a Pure Land school of Japanese Buddhism. She founded the Buddhist Women's Association in order to promote the status and solidarity of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist women in Japan, and later overseas. She is best known for her humanitarian work in the aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, which devastated the city of Tokyo. She also founded Asoka Hospital, one of Japan's first modern medical centers. She also wrote numerous poems and gathas about her Nembutsu faith. She died after contracting an illness during her work in one of Tokyo's poor districts. She is commemorated through memorial services conducted by Jodo Shinshu temples in Japan and the United States.


  • Kujo, Takeko. Muyuge: Flower Without Sorrow (The Nembutsu Press, Los Angeles, 1985).

Buddhism in Japan

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