Shinto priest in Japan wears handmade panda mask to attract visitors to her shrine

  • 5 years ago
A senior priest at a shrine in Japan's Greater Tokyo Area wears a homemade panda mask in an attempt to attract visitors to the religious site.

Miwako Kojima of Aruka Shrine in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, decided to bring the shrine's mascot, a panda, to life by creating a mask from clay, masking tape and acrylic paint.

The panda priest uses the costume to lighten up the mood and create a friendly face for the younger visitors.

"I used to feel hot when I needed to keep wearing the mask for a long time in the hot summer," Kojima says in the video, which has English subtitles. "Now I tuck a mini-fan inside it and keep cool when the weather is hot."

This video was filmed on March 25.