It is recorded that in 1235, Shinran, a holy priest, preached Buddhism at Myogenji temple in Yahagi Town, Okazaki City, and in 1256, another holy priest Kenchi preached at Yakushiji temple in Kuwako in the same town. People's faith in Buddhism in the Mikawa district has a very long history. With the benefits of the protective policy by the Tokugawa Family, Mikawa Butsudan enjoyed great prosperity. These days, however, younger people are attracted by modern industries such as the auto industry and children of the craftsmen tend to leave their family occupation. The shortage of successors in the Butsudan industry is serious.
In order to hand down the long and distinguished history of Mikawa Butsudan and its value as cultural assets over to future generations, Mikawa Butsudan Promotion Cooperative and other industrial sectors are carrying out various kinds of promotional activity.