After consulting with his sect, the monk, who was reportedly on his way to a Buddhist ceremony, refused to pay the penalty, triggering the solidarity hashtag which has been now been fully embraced by his peers.
One of them, Tetsuya Hangai, 29, posted an impressive video of himself juggling sticks while wearing a black robe.
“I’ve been juggling devil sticks for 11 years as a hobby so when I saw the hashtag trending in response to the monk’s driving fine, I thought there was something I could do,” he told CNN.
Another monk, Takatsugu Mihara, filmed himself skipping. “I wanted to express my opinion using gentle means,” he told CNN.
Other videos show monks playing drums, boxing and expertly brandishing a light saber:
The fined monk, in his 40s, said he had driven with the same attire for 20 years without receiving any traffic violations, according to Yomiuri Shimbun.
He can now be formally charged for violating road traffic laws and be taken to court, the newspaper reported.