Two sides of the same coin
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 madeup, sporting smokey eye shadow, false lashes and winged eye liner, he changes outfits three times during a presentation to starry-eyed fans.
But at the Tokyo temple where his father is head monk and he assists in rituals, he appears transformed. His face is bare and he wears the plain robes of a Buddhist cleric.
Says Nishimura, pictured, “This is who I am. I am not going to try to be something else.” – AFP