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.