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Patiently I waited, and waited and waited. This Monk stood waiting as well for what seemed like an eternity for someone to reach out to him with an offering and for me to grab my shot. It didnt appear that he was comfortable with my wait, so I loomed behind the wall watching his reflection and came upon this family and their helping hand.

I haven't entirely seen many begging priest's here in Japan, and wonder about the scepticism that they face by others. I bring this up as I'm reminded several years ago about a story that ran in Toronto about the "Shaky Lady." She became well known when a reporter snapped some photos and she chased him down sans wheelchair. Later more photos circulated of her apartment a la large screen TV and leather couches. Needless to say she moved shop pretty quickly.

Apparently there are fake monks here in Japan but the I'm told the authentic ones must wear or display the temple for which they belong.

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