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Shinto monk in Ikebukuro collecting alms.
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Kerikiza Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Omg I love your pics * w * U show Japan on different way to me.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
I'm happy to hear that! Thank you! :D
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Lammebill Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I have seen and photographed the exactly same monk during my trip in Tokyo, he is even holding the same bowl!! Man the world sure is small! :D (Big Grin) 
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Photographer
It sure is! The monks go out to gather alms a lot, so they have a regular street presence. Still lucky you photographed him as well. Where did you chance upon him? My photo was shot in Ikebukuro. :D
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Lammebill Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surprisingly he was the only one I had seen on my trip.
Anyhow it is really a funny coincidence to have found him in another picture :D
I encountered him in Ueno ( and seemingly just 2 months after your photo)
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Photographer
Wow, that is crazy! There are a few other 'public figures' in Tokyo as well that crop up in people's photos, such as Hattori-san (the home less guy), the weird grimace guy, the old man dressed as a school girl, the one monk who really hates having his picture taken, and so on. I was thinking I should put together a 'bestiary' of sorts cataloging all these people. :D
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Lammebill Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's hilarious, I checked up this Hattori-san, he's popular :D (Big Grin) Now I am definitely going to be more aware when I wander around in Tokyo next time!
That's a nice idea you got. Gotta catch 'em all! :D (Big Grin) 
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Photographer
:D
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ice1882 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Simple as a photo, but very expressive. bravo
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I give him money, to I get magic stuff then?
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yes. You can buy a blessing which gives you +5 luck for 24 hours. :D
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Raubritter Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG AWESOME *BUYS*
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
impressive
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This isn't some random guy dressed up? o.O

Because that is one really cool looking garment..
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
He's a real monk.
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
That is SO cool!
I immediatley thought of those Pandarens from Warcraft
but I never realised their Monk class designs were
actually based on these Shinto Monks :O

Guess you learn something new everyday :D
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo! love his clothes...
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
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Mauijam Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I give money to no beggar, however he seems a traveler, not a beggar. I would contribute.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
He's a monk from the local shrine.
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xACook Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
How did you get him cornered so easily! I have a hard time with that, normally they get away =)
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
I gave him alms, then asked if I could take a photo. He nodded. :D
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xACook Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice! You getting any good snow pics today?
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
I did actually. I just posted one. :D
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Baal-ynth Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Would it be appropriate to hug him?
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
No. :D
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Digimortal88 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
seems legit!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
He is! :D
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Meecho Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
heh one of these guys stands outside of Shinokubo station most days. I'm never sure whether I should give him money or not...I've heard so many stories about 'monks' asking for donations, but they're just scammers who pocket the money :/
Great photo though :)
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
The fake monks will usually give you a gold plastic card or other cheap looking charm. Then they actually ask for money. Real monks will just stand around with a bowl, praying or chanting. Like this guy. :D
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Meecho Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
ah ok :) thanks for clearing that up!
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mechekin1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist
master!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
:D
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mechekin1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist
lol
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LuxoCharaDesign Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
At first 
I thought this man was a cosplayer!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Definitely real monk. :D
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
This is an awesome picture!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
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GOT77 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Trolls? Very fierce.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
?
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
He's straight out of Karate Kid :D
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ha! :D
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Photographer
Back from hibernation, I see. Where the hell have you been?? :lol:
Cool pic! :D
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D I've been here all along. I'm just posting mostly on tumblr. I reserve only my best work for DA so as not to flood it with the mediocre stuff. The good shots are few and far between. But I have a few in the pipeline in the next few days. :D
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365daysofdrawings Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome photo, i love his old school outfit. Are monks like this common throughout Japan? or is it a more regional practice? 
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yeah they are pretty common. Even in Tokyo. :D
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