Two sides of the same coin

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY -

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

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