These Buddhist Monks Used Twitter To Protest A Driving Fine
Japanese Monks have used the power of social media to show their support for one of their own.
A monk is refusing to pay a fine for wearing his ritual robes while driving to a Buddhist memorial, after he was pulled over by police in Japan's Fukui prefecture.
According to The Japan News, the monk was told “you can’t drive in that kimono” by the police officer, in accordance with Fukui prefecture rules prohibiting wearing clothes that may affect safe driving.
The monk was given a a traffic violation stating he was “driving in kimono that could affect safe driving".
He was fined ¥6,000 ($79), but has refused to pay the fine.
He claims he has been driving while wearing his traditional attire for more than 20 years, and had never received a violation before.
Monks around Japan have taken to Twitter to support their fellow monk, showing off their skills while wearing ritual robes.
Under the hashtag #僧衣でできるもん (I Can Do It In Priests Clothes), monks have been showing their juggling, skipping and drumming skills -- to name a few.
The Twitter campaign is to prove they are capable of being just as agile and athletic as anyone while wearing their robes.
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