The Buddhist Monks’ Robes (and other stories)

Installation of new head monk. (Kamakura, Japan)

The Buddhist monks in Japan are quite friendly and have always been willing to talk to me as well as pose for my camera. There are many styles and colors of Buddhist monks’ robes in Japan, and they don’t all resemble the ensembles worn by the monks in these photos, however, the robes in the photograph do illustrate how the Chinese style seen in Photo 6 was adapted in Japan. These were taken in Kamakura and Kyoto recently.

The practice of wearing a shorter outer robe over a longer white or gray kimono is distinctively Japanese.

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