Inaba-bō ［因幡房］ (n.d.): Also known as Nichiei or Inaba-bō Nichiei. A follower of Nichiren who lived in Shimoyama Village of Kai Province in Japan. Originally a Pure Land believer, he was converted by Nikkō, Nichiren’s successor, and became Nichiren’s disciple. He attempted to convert Shimoyama Hyōgo Gorō Mitsumoto, his father (his lord according to one account), who was the steward of Shimoyama, and met with intense opposition. In 1277 Nichiren wrote a letter to the steward on Inaba-bō’s behalf, under the latter’s name. Titled Letter to Shimoyama, it was later classified by Nikkō as one of Nichiren’s ten major writings. Later Shimoyama Mitsumoto converted to Nichiren’s teachings.