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Ono no Tofu wearing ceremonial garments and holding a fan and an umbrella

The frog by his foot is part of the story of Ono no Tofu, a calligrapher at the imperial court in the 10th century. When despondent about failing to be promoted he watched a frog repeatedly trying, but failing, to leap up a willow branch. Finally the frog succeeded and Ono no Tofu was encouraged to persist

Given by Dr Roy Hull

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