Booze and Buddhism Offered Up in Tokyo Vowz Bar

on 29/03/13 at 2:27 pm

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A2Japanese Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka enjoys bringing his congregation together, one cocktail at a time.

Fujioka owns the 23-seat “Vowz Bar” in central Tokyo, where Buddhist chants replace karaoke songs and the shaven-headed bartenders serve up sermons and homilies along with the drinks.

“People would gather in a Buddhist temple and drink together, we’ve just updated the tradition to fit our times”, said Fujioka, who also works at a temple just outside Tokyo.

“They become totally different believers here, the distance between them and myself diminishing. They are more connected with each other,” he added, dressed in traditional black robes.

 

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