Buddhist monks flex on Twitter to show robes don’t hold them back

Robes can't stop them from getting physical.


Alyse Stanley

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 3, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:16 pm CDT

Plenty of people have taken to Twitter to air their grief under a unifying hashtag, but who’d have thought it’d be the platform of choice for angry Japanese Buddhist monks?

Earlier this week, a Buddhist monk in Fukui, Japan, received a traffic ticket for driving in his monastic robe. Though he told the Yomiuri Shimbun he’d been driving that way for 20 years without incident, a police officer purportedly told him, “You can’t drive in that kimono” after pulling him over. Local law prohibits driving in clothes that may impinge safe driving.

The monk is refusing to pay the ¥6,000 fine (equal to about $55), and he and his local sect are adamant the regulation infringes on their daily activities. Other Japanese monks agree and are showing their support by flexing just how non-restricting their attire can be.

Using the hashtag #僧衣でできるもん, translated by several Twitter users as “I can do it in priest’s robes,” monks are sharing videos of themselves doing everything from juggling to playing the drums to whatever the heck this is to prove their religious duds don’t hold them back.

While most of their tweets are in Japanese, Twitter users worldwide are supporting the surprising subsect of the Twitter community.

Who knew Buddhist monks even used Twitter?


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*First Published: Jan 3, 2019, 6:35 pm CST