Kōnichi-bō ［光日房］ (n.d.): Also known as the lay nun Kōnichi or the Honorable Kōnichi. A follower of Nichiren who lived in Amatsu of Awa Province, Japan. Several letters to her from Nichiren are extant. Her son Yashirō converted her to Nichiren’s teachings. While Nichiren was in exile on Sado Island between 1271 and 1274, she sent him robes and other articles, and continued to send him offerings after he took up residence at Mount Minobu in the fifth month of 1274. Her son Yashirō died that year. From Mount Minobu, Nichiren sent her a letter known as Letter to Kōnichi-bō. In it, he wrote that, though her son was a warrior, he would be saved from the evil paths of existence because of her prayers, and that “because he [himself] believed in the Lotus Sutra, he may have become the one who will lead his parents to Buddhahood” (664). She apparently maintained strong faith in Nichiren’s teachings and enjoyed his trust. Nichiren sent her The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra, an autobiographical account covering the nine years of his life from 1268 to 1277.