Shinran was born at Hino, southeast of Kyoto on 21 May, 1173. His family was of the Fujiwara clan. His father, Hino Arinori, was an official concerned with the Empress Dowager's affairs. Later, it is said, his father abandoned the secular world to live in seclusion. Shinran's mother is said to have died when he was quite young. His childhood name was Wakamatsu Maru.