Monks, nuns hold fashion show
Monks and nuns held a fashion show at Tsukiji Honganji in Tokyo on Dec. 15. They wanted to promote Buddhism to younger Japanese people.
The fashion show was called the Tokyo Bouz Collection. Around 40 monks and nuns from eight Buddhist sects were part of the show.
The show started with a rap version of a Buddhist sutra. Then five monks from each Buddhist sect walked down a catwalk and said prayers.
The show ended with a shower of paper lotus petals.
"We wanted to show the young people that Buddhism is cool, and temples are not a place just for funerals," said Kojin Matsubara, chief monk at Tsukiji Honganji.
Buddhism came to Japan 1,200 years ago. But now it is having problems. About three-quarters of Japanese people are Buddhist, but most people only go to a Buddhist temple for a funeral.
There are 75,000 temples in Japan. Many do not have enough money. (AP)
Shukan ST: Dec. 28, 2007
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