Japanese monks post videos showing off mobility to protest driving ticket blamed on robe

By Caitlin O'Kane

/ CBS News

A Buddhist monk in Japan received a traffic violation when driving in his robe. The police officer who pulled the monk over said the attire interfered with his safe driving, The Japan News reports.

The man refused to pay the ticket and his fellow monks are now using social media to prove their robes do not inhibit mobility.

Some monks posted a video of themselves jump roping in their robes. Another showed himself juggling. One even showed off his sword-slinging skills while wearing the traditional garb.

あった。
回数微妙ですが二重跳び。#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/heMgVnv1wM

— 横山瑞法(Zuiho Yokoyama) (@zuiho_yokoyama) December 30, 2018

運転に支障があるとの事ですが、お坊さんの衣は足もちゃんと動きますよ。

#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/PVb1jepZQP

— とっしゃん@お坊さん大道芸人 (@tossyan753) December 31, 2018

僧侶じゃないけど直綴で抜刀!#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/7mTWKq746y

— まーこ (@harima_mekkai) January 3, 2019

Each monk used a hashtag which roughly translates to "I can do this in monk's clothes."

The videos have gained widespread attention on Twitter. The monks want people to know that they drive in their robes on a daily basis, and not being able to do that would inhibit their activity. The monk who received a ticket said being stopped by police prevented him from carrying out his memorial services, The Japan News reports.

Although this campaign for justice is serious to monks, many Twitter users marveled at the videos and how talented and fun-loving the monks are. One played guitar and another wielded a light saber. Many Twitter users replied to the videos saying the monks had "won the internet."

#僧衣でできるもん#南無阿弥陀仏#ヘビメタ#坊さん pic.twitter.com/t6cV9esqGN

— 巧弦 GYO-GEN 【願海寺】 (@gankaiji_gyogen) December 31, 2018

#僧衣でできるもん #StarWars
改良衣ですが参加!
動きやすくてとても便利です。 pic.twitter.com/oXZEHv0Dw0

— 祥山(声優) (@showzan331) January 2, 2019

First published on January 4, 2019

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