Nishikeke Kanoko and her Buddha Image Socks Photo: @Press
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Buddha-inspired socks from Bosatsu Brand mix buddhism and fashion together

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

Bosatsu Brand is a fashion brand from Nara Prefecture, that is proving Buddhism can be fun and that there is more to it than just chants and meditation.

The startup company is run by musician Nishikeke Kanoko, who is attempting to spread positive vibes through her ‘buddha image’ fashion brand.

Nishikeke started the company back in June of 2020, and since then has sold a variety of T-shirts and sweatshirts featuring her illustrations inspired by buddha statues. The musician/fashion designer states that she has always enjoyed looking at images of buddha, and wants to introduce the idea to people that ‘buddha can be fashionable’. Through her brand, Nishikeke also aspires to support mental health awareness, explaining ‘when it is difficult, Bosatsu Brand’s Buddhas will encompass you in a strong embrace. In a sense, Buddha imagery is like a hospital for the heart’.

The store has also begun to sell these adorable Buddha Image Socks featuring Kanoko’s illustrated motifs of Maitreya Bodhisattva, Nyorai and Kannon.


Designed by Nishikeke, the socks are then produced by Yamaya Co Ltd, which is a sock brand from Nara prefecture.

The machinery used by Yamaya are all analog and therefore must be supervised by staff continuously. Each hour, these machines can only complete 10 pairs of socks, and the finishing process is completed manually by master socks craftspeople.


Available in 3 different designs; Maitreya Bodhisattva, Nyorai and Kannon. The socks are available at 2,200 yen per pair, and come in 2 sizes – M (for feet up to 24.5cm) and L (for feet from 24.5cm up to 27cm).


85% cotton

10% nylon

5% polyurethane

By sharing the image of Buddha through fashionable items featuring unique pop art designs, and by working with local manufacturing companies, Bosatsu Brand aims to revitalise Nara prefecture and encourage the return of tourism to the region.

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Kanako needs to understand that Buddhism is not about selling things....

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Please support the Japanese Buddhist Monks!! can always use another BMW or Mercedes!

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Well, some wear their religion on their sleeve....

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Buddhism has nothing to do with socks.

"There is no prohibition for Buddhist laymen regarding socks, anywhere or anytime. Monks are supposed to be barefoot, but as the world changed, doing so has become dangerous, so they wear sandals outside. Some older monks or those with foot issues may wear doctor-prescribed shoes."

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Then again, utilizing Buddha as an iconic fashion accessory is also generally frowned upon.

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In Buddhism, associating one's feet with Buddha is generally frowned upon.

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