They drink, they smoke, they rarely get out of bed before 3 p.m. And they have cool hairdos. Hiroki Ueno, 23, and Yoshinobu Fujioka, 27, are not your typical Shinto-Buddhist monks, and their bar Vowz, tel: (81-3) 3353 1032, is not your average Buddhist enterprise either. Located in a former geisha precinct of Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, the bar is not known so much for spreading the good word as it is for its killer cocktails, liqueurs and sake.

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Vowz presents an opportunity for Tokyo's youth to "wind down and enjoy a drink in religious surroundings," explains Fujioka,...

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