Japanese monks and nuns held a fashion show — replete with rap music
and a catwalk — at a major Tokyo temple Saturday to promote Buddhism.
In the “Tokyo Bouz (monk) Collection” held at Tsukiji Honganji,
nearly 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects joined in the
event aimed at winning back believers.
Following a rap version of a Buddhist sutra, five monks from each
school walked on the runway, then chanted prayers and wrapped up in a
grand finale with confetti resembling lotus petals.
“We wanted to show the young people that Buddhism is cool, and
temples are not a place just for funerals,” said Koji Matsubara, a
chief monk at Tsukiji.