At Kamakura, on the Pacific coast of Japan, there is a great temple to commemorate the marriage of a serpent king and the selfless goddess of love, Benten. This serpent once terrorized many villages and devoured children. Benten, not being able to bear the destruction, agreed to marry the hideous and cruel serpent king if he would mend his savage ways. Benten, the goddess of love in Japanese mythology, always carries with her a little stringed instrument called a biwa and is also the goddess of compassion, music, and generosity. In my picture, I think she looks stuck-up. :( Oh well.