Utsubusa, the lay nun of ［内房の尼］ (n.d.) ( Utsubusa-no-ama): A follower of Nichiren who lived at Utsubusa in Ihara District of Suruga Province, Japan. In his Letter to Misawa, Nichiren says that she was “the same age that my parents would be” (896). This letter also says that she made a casual visit to Nichiren at Minobu on her way back from visiting the shrine to the god of her ancestors. Although reluctantly, he refused to see her on that occasion, so that she would understand her error in putting the gods before the Lotus Sutra. While one view regards her as the same person as the lady of Utsubusa, to whom Nichiren addressed a 1280 letter called White Horses and White Swans, Nichiren’s above reference to her age makes this seem unlikely. In White Horses and White Swans, Nichiren acknowledges the lady of Utsubusa’s offering marking the hundredth day after her father’s death, making it likely she was much younger than Nichiren’s parents. See also Utsubusa, the lady of.