WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — May the force be with these viral monks. Buddhist monks have posted videos of themselves doing cool tricks, some with "Star Wars" lightsabers, all in an effort to show their attire doesn't impede their ability to operate a vehicle.
Thousands of people are talking about this initiative to prove that monks’ traditional attire is not a driving hazard. The videos were posted with the viral hashtag that translates to: “I can do this in monks’ robes.”
This hashtag has been going around for a few months now after a monk in Japan was stopped and fined $55 in September for wearing a kimono, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. The 40-year-old Monk said he had driven in his kimono for 20 years and had never been given a traffic violation.