The "Ho-mo," the costume in the photograph is also called "ho-fuku" in some cases.

It is the most foarmal ceremonial vestment of Buddhism.

Furthermore, it originated from "raifuku" (=ceremonial robe) defined by "the Dress Code of Yoro."

"Ho-mo" is always in the same color and in the same ""

And the collar of"ho" (=upper garment) is the style which made wide one currently called "sogo-eri" (=collar of commissioner) in the style of"hotate" in the back of the head.

Originally only elected "sogo" (=commissioner priest) was allowed to wear it.

Under the "ho-mo," the priest wears "akome","hitoe","okatabira","ue no hakama," "oguchi hakama."

He also wears "shitouzu(=tabi socks)," " hanahiro (= cloth shoes)," and has "hi-ogi" (=fan), "juzu" (=rosary) in his hand.

At the time of a certain priest being inaugurated as the commissioner of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, white or blue "mosu" (=cowl) " is allowed for him to wear.

When the priest wears the "ho-mo", "shichijo-gesa" (=surplice), "ohi", and "shutara" are worn.

The "ho-mo" in this photograph is in the style designed in the second half of Edo Era (1600-1868), and was worn by a master of the Higashi Honganji Temple.