Tōjō Kagenobu ［東条景信］ (n.d.): A steward of Tōjō Village in Nagasa District of Awa Province in Japan and a passionate believer in the Pure Land teachings. His full name and title were Tōjō Saemon-no-jō Kagenobu. When Nichiren first declared his teaching of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo at Seichō-ji temple in that village in 1253, Tōjō Kagenobu was so infuriated by his severe criticism of the Pure Land (Jōdo) school that he attempted to have Nichiren seized. When Nichiren returned to Awa in 1264, the year after he was pardoned from his exile to Itō on the Izu Peninsula, Tōjō Kagenobu and his men ambushed him at a place called Komatsubara, wounding Nichiren and killing two of his followers. Though it is not certain when, Kagenobu tried to deprive the proprietary lord of two temples in the lord’s manor, but failed because Nichiren helped the lord settle the matter in court. This also contributed to his hostility toward Nichiren. See also Komatsubara Persecution.