Japanese Buddhists take to internet to show ‘I can do it in monk’s robe’
Japan’s monks are taking to social media to show how flexible they are in their traditional garb in response to one of their own being fined for driving in a robe.
The monk was on his way to a Buddhist memorial service when he was pulled over by police and given a traffic violation ticket for “driving in a kimono that could affect safe driving”.
He was fined 6,000 Japanese yen ($79) for the “hazardous” garment — a ritual robe that fell below the knee — and is now refusing to pay.
The Japanese Buddhist community has taken to Twitter to show their support.
Using the hashtag that translates to “I can do it in monk’s robe”, monks are posting videos of themselves skipping, skateboarding and juggling — among other activities — in a bid to show just how freely they can move in their robes.
They hope to prove driving in a kimono is safe and local authorities are wrong.