The Convent was named "Kakekomi-dera" (Run-into Convent), meaning to escape from the violent husbands. It was also referred to as "Enkiri-dera" (divorce Convent). Unfortunately, the Convent lost many of the ancient documents due to repeated fires, and it is not certain how many women were accommodated here. However, during the latter half of the 270-year Tokugawa Shogunate regime until 1968 in which period most often run-ins were observed, the Convent's records show there were roughly 2,000 women who sought refuge in the Convent. In most cases, however, they did not stay as long as two or three years since the Convent forced their husbands to accept a divorce by its power. It was like today's family court.