Tokeiji Temple

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Tokeji Temple, founded by the wife of Hojo Tokimune when her husband passed away in 1285, is a Buddhist temple and served as a former nunnery. During this period it was traditional for a woman to become a nun after her husband passes away, she too became a nun and opened to temple in honor of her husband. The temple served as a shelter home for abused women who were unable to divorce their husbands for any reason. By staying at Tokeji Temple for three years, these were women granted divorce. This practice continued until 11973 when the Court of Justice became responsible over divorce issues. Tokeji Temple served as a nunnery until 1902. The Main Hall is open to the public today. The temple was known as Kakekomi-dera "runaway temple" and Enkiri-dera, divorce temple.

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