My book called “This Monk Wears Heels” is coming out in February 2022!

What is unique about this book is that I introduce Buddhist teachings which honor everybody regardless of sexuality with a modern touch.

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Kodo Nishimura rose to fame following his appearance in Queer Eye: We’re in Japan. Now, this celebrity make-up artist and ordained Buddhist monk shares his unique and practical guide to positivity and self-acceptance. Readers will learn from the author’s path to self-love and resilience and modern take on Buddhist teachings. IT’S TIME TO BE TRUE TO YOU

This book is for anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t fit in. And for all those who dare to be different.
Do you show who you truly are? Do you say what you really think? Or do you hide your heart’s desire and camouflage yourself to look like others? It is too easy to limit ourselves for fear of what other people will think. The message of this book is that we can choose to love our uniqueness—and that our diversity offers hope for the world.

This Monk Wears Heels is a guide to self-love, self-acceptance, and taking a Buddhist approach to life. Kodo Nishimura reveals how inclusive the Buddhist teachings really are—and that, yes, it is possible to be a Buddhist monk and do makeup and wear sparkly earrings. This book is about being who you really are, totally unapologetically and with full conviction. It will show you how to shine in your own colors and be celebrated for yourself.


“My friend Kodo is so talented, brave and graceful. They say to really know someone you must walk a mile in their shoes. Reading his story felt like I had popped on a pair of heels, and it was fabulous!” — Carson Kressley

“This Monk Wears Heels is a generous, sincere, and moving testimonial that shows you the way to be in line with your own values and to find your inner diamond so that you dare to be who you are and who you want to be.” — Sandrine Jolly, CEO of Shu Uemura

“Reading This Monk Wears Heels makes you feel like you are in Kodo’s makeup chair. He heals your heart, and helps your beauty to shine with pride.” — Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007

“Kodo’s generosity and kindness shimmer across each delightful page of This Monk Wears Heels. His story will encourage every heart that longs for deeper, more meaningful connection. … this book belongs at the very top of your reading list.” — Sue Phillips, co-founder of Sacred Design Lab and an Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School

“Inspiring and heartfelt … His story exudes warmth and honesty, giving us the confidence to look deeply at our own stories, to shine openly in our own rainbow palette of colors, especially when others do not want us to shine. Thank you Kodo for your beautiful offering to the world.” — Elaine Lai, PhD Candidate in Religious Studies at Stanford University, co-president of the Buddhist Community at Stanford (BCAS)

“A jewel of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-transformation … a must-read for articulating how Buddhism can be reconceptualized for our time.” — Hwansoo Kim, Religious Studies, Yale University

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