National Geographic : 1922 Sep
rnotograpn Irom rrolessor Lavic IVI. Kobinson THE GRAND GATEWAY TO ONE OF THE SHRINES AT NIKKO, BOWERED INCEDARS When these shrines were begun three centuries ago, the government ordered the wealthy Daimyos, or provincial chiefs, throughout Japan tomake contributions according to their means. One of the chieftains, though he had a retinue of 6,000 Samurai, had neither gold nor silver nor precious stones togive, soheoffered ashis humble donation thousands of young cedar plants. Today, these centuries-old trees, like the Widow's Mite and the rejected Cornerstone ofBiblical history, areamong the most priceless possessions of the shrines.