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Buddha and bronzer: The Japanese monk who loves make-up

AFP Tokyo, Japan Nov 08, 2018, 04.59 PM (IST)

As make-up artist Kodo Nishimura sashays into a room in Tokyo balanced on pin-thin heels, he could hardly look less like a practising Buddhist monk. Immaculately made-up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changes outfits three times during a presentation to starry-eyed fans. But at the Tokyo temple where his father is a head monk and he assists in rituals, he appears transformed. His face is bare, and he wears the plain robes of a Buddhist cleric.