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Kodo Nishimura, a make-up artist had grown up in a Buddhist temple, playing behind its elaborate golden altar and knew one day he would have to decide whether to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father is head monk at a Tokyo temple.(Kodo Nishimura/Facebook)

Buddha and bronzer: The Japanese monk who loves make-up

Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 12:10 PM IST
Immaculately made-up, sporting smoky eye-shadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, 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.
You can find monk and make-up artist Kodo Nishimura’s beauty transformations all over Instagram.
You can find monk and make-up artist Kodo Nishimura’s beauty transformations all over Instagram.

Meet the Japanese monk who is also a make-up artist

Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2018 12:07 PM IST
Monks and make-up artistry don’t generally go hand in hand. But that doesn’t bother Kodo Nishimura. He assists his father, a head monk at a Tokyo temple, in rituals and also happens to moonlight as a make-up artist in the US.
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