A Day in the Life of a Japanese Monk
The life of a Japanese monk involves a lot of hard work. Find out exactly what they do on an average day.
By Mami Suzuki

Last year I wrote an article called “The Real Japanese Monk’s Guide To Buddhism In Japan.” At the end of it I said that we would one day explore a real Japanese monk’s day-to-day life. It took a while, but that day has finally arrived. We are finally diving into the intricacies of a the monk life in Japan.

I interviewed the same helpful monk from my article last year, Yugaku Ikawa of Daihisen Tatsunoji Temple in Yagyu, Nara. He belongs to a Japanese group of Shingon Buddhists from the Koyasan Shingon-shu sect. The lives of monks from different sects will differ. Even monks from within the same sect are likely to take slightly different paths because each region often has different habits, and monks who have different ranks and/or titles have different responsibilities. Even so, this interview is a great way begin understanding the lives of Japanese monks. 

I hope you enjoy it!


Leather Transmog: My Monk’s Transmog! (Monk only)

Head: Mask of the Hurricane’s Eye (Monk only)
Shoulder: Grievous Gladiator’s Ironskin Spaulders (Alliance & Monk only)
Shoulder: Prideful Gladiator’s Ironskin Spaulders (Horde & Monk only)
Chest: Robes of the Blackened Watcher
Wrist: Bands of Unrelenting Anguish
Hands: Ranger Gloves
Waist: Warmongering Gladiator’s Belt of Prowess (Alliance only)
Waist: Wild Gladiator’s Belt of Prowess (Horde only)
Feet: Boots of Broken Reliance

Staff: Fu Zan, the Wanderer’s Companion, blue default appearance (Brewmaster Monk only)
Staff: Sheilun, Staff of the Mists, teal default appearance (Mistweaver Monk only)
Fist Weapon: Fists of the Heavens, yellow default appearance (Windwalker Monk only)

I really like Äbäddön’s transmog right now so I decided to share it! Hope you guys like it too!

So, after slaving away for a few hours each day, erasing this, changing that, I finally finished her. 14 freakin’ layers and 9 days of on-and-off work finally brought me to a piece that I’m very satisfied with, and I can’t say that very much these days.

This is also my first time really trying my hand at rendering, so go me, woo.

Morwenna is based off of a character I had long ago, readmore for gr8 animu skillz.

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A medieval manuscript that was peed on by a cat

Scribe was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words:

“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”

[Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]

Cologne, Historisches Archiv, G.B. quarto, 249, fol. 68r