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A rakusu is what is worn over the robe. A black one is worn by priest for special ceremonies

Yuzen, a buddhist monk from the Sōtō Zen sect begging at Oigawa, Kyoto. Begging is part of the training of some Buddhist sects.

The "bib" worn by the Japanese monk is a rakusu, a garment unique to the Zen school that may have originated among Ch'an monks in China sometime after the T'ang Dynasty. Generally in Zen, the rakusu may be worn by all monks and priests, as well as laypeople who have received jukai ordination. The monks' straw hat is worn to partly cover his face during the alms ritual, or takahatsu, so that he and those who give him alms do not see each others' faces. This represents the perfection of giving…

The Buddha's Robe: An Illustrated Guide

Winter in Japan by shikhashrivastav

Snow in Kamigamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan - but I wasn't there in winter.

A komusō was a Japanese mendicant monk of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism, during the Edo period of 1600-1868. Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (a sedge or reed hood named a tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They are also known for playing solo pieces on the shakuhachi.

Zen Buddhist mendicant monks who play bamboo flutes and don straw baskets to manifest the absence of a specific ego They play "honkyoku" - original pieces as a method to attain enlightenment and also for healing Called Komuso (via Genesis Giocada)

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Monk on the beach, Sihanoukville (photo by Arddu): Traditionally, monks' robes were dyed with spices turning them yellow or orange, hence "saffron robe". The cloth today is still dyed in spice colours.

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