Buddhist priests and monks are a common sight in Japan, whether they be meditating, conducting religious ceremonies but recently posters have been popping up around Harajuku station in Tokyo warning tourists not to give money to a scam-artist masquerading as a monk, a man who ‘allwas swindles [sic]’ . While the non-native English may give us a chuckle, somebody out there has taken the time to warn visitors of the non-‘temples man’ swindling passers-by. [read more]
"Note to foreigners visiting Japan. It is not customary for a Japanese person to stand outside and ask foreigners for money, especially at a temple."