Month: Last updated Jul 31, 2017

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. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in March 2008 and has been updated. Share this:Click...

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Evil fisherman

Evil fisherman in Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto. He was equipped with binoculars and fish-detecting sonar. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in March 2008 and has been updated. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Schoolgirl Drag

Man in schoolgirl drag on the streets of Akihabara. Taken on an outing with the Tokyo Cameras photography club. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in March 2008 and has been updated. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Sad Sumo

I think that the Japan Sumo association has a rule that all sumo wrestlers have to let people take their pictures if asked, but this guy didn’t look very happy about it. It was on the way back from the sumo stadium on the last day of the tournament, and I think he lost his match. Taken during a great outing with the Tokyo Cameras. Editor’s note: this post was originally published in February 2008 and has been updated. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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Paradise Park in Izu (Izu Gokurakuen)

The Izu Gokurakuen (Izu Paradise Park) is a strange attraction in a popular hot spring in the Izu peninsula, which is filled with gruesome dioramas of the Buddhist hells that would give Stephen King the willies. There are hundreds of little mannequins and dolls having their heads torn off, their skin flayed, being boiled alive and forced to eat their own feces. After the hells, it’s off to the Pure Land, where we learn that the temperature is the same as in Hawaii and that there is no rent or key money in Heaven. It’s all based on a...

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