yep! that's what he looked like! i guess in this case i'm more familiar with Shinto kimono rather than Buddhist. i'm not at all surprised that he was a priest, (i actually contemplated asking him if he was a priest, but couldn't recall the right word and cba in general. lol) i knew it was different to the typical Shinto garb, though. thanks! :]
Excellent! As in many organized religions, the specific kimono differs between regions, season, sect and even families. Most priests don’t shave their heads, and many of them do it as a day job. Apparently it’s much more of a ‘public service occupation’ than a serious religious lifestyle in some cases… according, anyway, to one of my friends who is a Buddhist monk in his dad’s temple. The guy I know is not vegetarian, drinks, travels to Australia pretty regularly, and makes his money reading sutras at funerals.
i saw this old guy on the train today in kimono, but it seemed unusual to me (maybe i just don't know men's kimono!). can you tell me about it? he was wearing a black translucent (ro?) overcoat sort of like a houmongi? (i didn't even realize they made those for men?) underneath was cream hakama (i thought usually they're darker?) and a light (white or off-white; obscured by the overcoat) kimono. he also had a "purse" about 2x the height of a typical clutch, white tabi, and straw zori. thoughts?
That sounds very much like he might have been a monk (obousan)! The specific ‘uniform’ is different between temples, but a white kimono with white or black hakama, with a ro over-coat or haori is standard. Most monks/(priests?) are not the ascetic type we imagine buddhist priests to be, but are just sons or employees of the temple owner and it’s usually a family business. The monks are busy traveling to peoples’ houses and reading sutras—it’s kind of the opposite of a Christian church. This is also how they make their money.
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