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Hi Stephen,
actually it's a toad. The theme is referred as Jiraiya (自来也 or 児雷也). It'a about the hero of the  the folktale reported in Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari, who was able to morph into a gigantic toad.
See Numata Kenji, Tsuba - Kodōgu Gadai Jiten, vol. 1 p. 120.


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I asked the person who proposed the rusu moyo (absent motif) interpretation as gama sennin what they think of Mauro’s theory. I’m curious to see how this ends.

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