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Full-length portrait of an elderly Japanese monk, seated on a temple floor, painting scrolls.

"Seventy-two years ago, when twenty, Tokuju Taikju Mineo renounced all possessions to be a Zen monk of Hierinji, a temple near Tokyo. He worked in the fields, made his clothing, learned and administered discipline . . . and became a master of scrolls. [Japan, 1951.]" Yankee Nomad, p. 319.