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| p.1 #1 · Japan- an offering to a monk |
On a busy street, the child is offering a donation to the monk for his monastery.
Although this may look like begging, it is not. It is part of the culture whereby monasteries use this method to get money for their needs.
The mother is letting her daughter participate- and thereby learn. Knowing something about the Japanese, I'm sure it was also explained to the girl so that the tradition would be carried on with her generation.