Name: Peter Hauet
Item: Statue of Ninomiya Sontoku (6.5 inches tall – bronze)
Description: It is not uncommon to see statues of Ninomiya in or in front of Japanese schools, especially elementary schools. They show him as a boy reading a book while walking and carrying firewood on his back. These statues depict popular stories that said Ninomiya was reading and studying every moment he could.
It is said of him, “Up early to the mountains for wood before the rooster calls ‘ko-ke-kok-ko!’ He studies and works every day to feed his baby brother and his mother. That is how he becomes the great teacher, Ninomiya Sontaku Japan.