Kodo Nishimura is a Japanese Buddhist monk born in Tokyo in 1989. He graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating, he remained in the US to work as a make-up artist, where he participated in Miss Universe and NY Fashion Week, receiving high praise from international media and Hollywood actresses. After returning to Japan, Nishimura trained to be a monk and was ordained into the Pure Land sect in 2015. He holds make-up and LGBTQ awareness seminars. His lectures held at the United Nations Population Fund in New York, Yale University and Stanford University have attracted wide coverage on the likes of CNN and the BBC.