This happy- looking statue is sitting on the corner of the fence. I found it while walking around the countryside in Nara. This man is called Ebisu or Yebisu who is regarded as a guardian deity of fishermen and luck. He is always depicted to bring a fishing pole in a right hand and hold a sea bream in a left hand.
Yebisu is a popular beer brand of Sapporo Beer in Japan, whose can has a picture of this man.