Nichiju (1314-1392) was originally a Tendai monk who learned about Nichiren Buddhism from Nichiin, a monk connected with Taisekiji Temple. In 1379 he read the Kaimoku Sho and the Nyosetsu Shugyo Sho and was so impressed that he converted to Nichiren Buddhism. Because Nichiin had already passed away at the time of his conversion, he went to study with Nisshu of Guboji Temple in Mama. Nichijo was even appointed the head of the school there by Nisshu. Later, Nichiju visted Nisson, the Chief Priest of Hommyoji Temple in Nakayama and later went to Kyoto as Nisson's deputy to convert the emperor in 1381. He was well received but unable to convert the emperor, so he went again as Nisson's deputy in 1382. He travelled to Kyoto a third time in 1383 and stayed. On that third occasion he was not acting as Nisson's deputy and there seems to have been a break in their relations. In 1388, after Nisshu passed away, Nichiju declared that he had inherited the Dharma directly from the scrolls of the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of Nichiren. Nichiju followed the shoretsu doctrine. In fact, he taught that only the 16th chapter contained the true teaching. He founded the Myomanji Temple in Kyoto in 1385. It is now the head temple of the Kempon Hokke Shu (founding date 1384).