Fake monk

Fake monk

Almost all of the monks that one sees begging on the street in Japan are fakes, but this guy’s shabby clothes make him particularly easy to spot as an imposter. Although some Japanese Buddhist sects do have a tradition of begging for alms, it is usually done in groups, and they will have the name of their temple or sect prominently displayed if they are legitimate. In 14 years, I have seen hundreds of fake monks, but only saw real ones begging once.web analytics

The Ringo Man

The Ringo Man

The Ringo Man, a drunk guy met at Osaka Castle during cherry blossom season. He was with his colleagues, who work for a cider making company, and was trying to sell people apple products. Have you ever seen a face as red as this?web analytics

Scary Cherry

Scary Cherry

Why it’s not a good idea to take close-up photos of cherry blossoms on overcast days.web analytics

Signage

Signage

Because you can never have too much signage. The company, Takefuji, is a huge credit company said to have ties with the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate.web analytics

Kanamara Matsuri Penis Riders

Kanamara Matsuri Penis Riders

Women on a giant phallus at the Kanamara fertility festival. This is Japan’s best festival, and it’s coming up on Sunday April 6th.

Video of the festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SggvPrkoJUI
Shrine homepage: http://tomuraya.co.jp/wakamiya.htm (Japanese only)

2-3-16 Daishi Eki-mae, Misaki-ku, Kanagawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Inside the grounds of Wakamiya Hachimangu.

To get there, take the Keikyu line from Shinagawa Station. Transfer to the Keikyu-Daishi Line at Keikyu Kawasaki Station and get out at Keikyu-Daishi. It takes about 45 minutes and costs 580 yen. It starts at 10:00 AM.web analytics

Bird Dropping Skin Cream

Pigeon Dropping Skin Cream

Uguisu no fun, or bush warbler droppings have been used as a skin cream and
whitener in Japan for hundreds of yearsweb analytics

Finger-sucking performance

Akihabara Poser

Lately the Akihabara district has been turning into a venue for costume players and odd street performers. This guy’s act consists of sucking his finger.web analytics