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This is a mendicant Buddhist monk in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, which is the equivalent of New York's Fifth Ave. These type of "beggar" monks can occasionally be found in shopping districts and major train stations throughout Japanese metropolitan cities. Mendicant monks, priest and nuns of most major religions are those who rely exclusively on charity to survive. In Japan, this is an old custom that dates back centuries and does not reflect on the current Japanese recession. But this monk can be seen in front of a sale sign for the large Japanese shoe chain called Washington. Sales are quite prevalent in Japan in early 2009 even in the premier shopping Ginza shopping district.
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This is a mendicant Buddhist monk in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, which is the equivalent of New York's Fifth Ave. These type of "beggar" monks can occasionally be found in shopping districts and major train stations throughout Japanese metropolitan cities. Mendicant monks, priest and nuns of most major religions are those who rely exclusively on charity to survive. In Japan, this is an old custom that dates back centuries and does not reflect on the current Japanese recession. But this monk can be seen in front of a sale sign for the large Japanese shoe chain called Washington. Sales are quite prevalent in Japan in early 2009 even in the premier shopping Ginza shopping district.