‘I can do it in robes’: Japanese monks post videos in protest at driving fine

2048Source: The Guardian

By  in Tokyo

Buddhist monks in Japan have posted videos on social media to prove their traditional attire is no obstacle to safe driving after one of their brethren was fined.

Police said an officer had stopped the unnamed monk, who is in his 40s, on a road in Fukui prefecture in western Japan earlier this year and told him he could not drive in his “constricting” sōi robes.

The officer issued him with a ticket that described him as “driving in a kimono that could affect safety” and fined him 6,000 yen ($55).

Recent news reports of the incident sparked a show of solidarity from fellow monks in a stunning display of asceticism-meets-athleticism.

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Categories: Asia, Japan, The Muslim Times

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