Seems like every time I wander out at the weekend I get accosted by Monk in Orange outfits.
They are very nice, talk about world peace, promise to pray for you, ask for your name and where in the world you come from, then show you a picture of their 'new' temple and ask for a contribution. At this point they present you with a list of other contributors which indicates what they've given (average of 2000 yen per person), obviously intended as a useful guide as how much to give...
The first one fooled me - and we got all the way to giving him money phase before I realised what was going on.. Needless to say I have waved them off since. Since my stay I have taken time to observe their MOD, and needless to say they ignore the locals and merely approach Westerners. I did do some research, as there is indeed a long history of Monks and the giving of money/begging but IMO these guys are just charlatans preying on gullible foreigners.
But by way of example, I was approached by 4 different orange suited monks last Saturday as I walked to and from Roppongi Hills (in the space of 2 hours!)
I need a badge or sign to fend them off. Anyone else find them annoying?