Hiroshi Watanabe Dressed Up Monkeys as Part of a Tradition

 - Dec 13, 2011
References: hiroshiwatanabe & mymodernmet
King Kong is only one of the thousands of primates used for entertainment, as shown by the series titled Suo Sarumawashi by photographer Hiroshi Watanabe. First of all, monkeys generally appeal to humans because of their similarity to people, which explains why these animals have been part of a militaristic Japanese practice known as Sarumawashi

This ancient tradition roughly consists of dressing up monkeys in samurai costumes. Watanabe's series is a representation and celebration of this art. In these images, macaque monkeys appear wearing all sort of Japanese pieces while posing in a very people-like manner for the camera. The result is hilarious and entertaining, making evident why this practice is over a thousand years old.

Funny and adorable, the series by Hiroshi Watanabe makes audiences fall in love with primates.