Hōtoku Ninomiya Jinja, Odawara

Shrine dedicated to Ninomiya Sontoku – a prominent 19th-century Japanese agricultural leader, philosopher, moralist and economist. By working hard all his life he climbed from a poor boy to a  wealthy much respected individual. That’s why it is very common nowadays finding a statue of Ninomiya as a boy in front of a Japanese school – usually depicted carrying firewood and reading at the same time.

Shuzen-ji shrine, Shizuoka

Ancient Buddist temple said to have been founded by Kobo Daishi(a great teacher of Buddhism)in the early Heian Era.The statue of Dainichi Nyorai to which this temple is dedicated is an important cultural property of Japan. Shuzenji is also known as the temple where Minamoto-no Yoriie, the second shogun of the Kamakura Era, was imprisoned.