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Asekaki Amida


People called it “Asekaki Amida-sama or sweating Amitabha,” and believed in it for a long time. Choraku-ji Temple went away later, and the Amida-sama was moved and enshrined in Ikko-ji Temple of Nishihara-cho afterwards. In the Boshin War, the Ikko-ji Temple was surrounded by fire, but it is said that when the flame was about to reach the temple, an incarnation of the sweating Amida hanged on the roof of the main hall and blocked the fire by breaking a sweat as a waterfall.