This one is for Kyle…
That is the basic premise behind Nakamura Hikaru’s “Saint Young Men”, a japanese manga that follows the son of god and the enlightened man across the tourist traps and sights of modern day Japan. Funny, topical and mildly irreverent; this manga features a high school girl chasing, blogging-addicted jesus sharing a small tokyo apartment with a mildly up-tight, man-purse carrying and occassionally beer-drinking buddha.
Jesus bears his iconic crown of thorns as well as a t-shirt saying “Dad, Me and the Holy Spirit.” With the Buddha sporting a nobby hair-do complete with man-purse and extended earlobes.
The whole series can be read online here.
I did sorta giggle when, on a commuter subway, a bunch of drunk businessmen confused the buddha’s enlightened earlobes for hanging straps.