i love this and actually high priestesses did look like this because budda says to rid of worldly possessions so being like that its correct for his enlightenment because only the sinners ones would see this as vulgar while those at the highest dogmas do not care if they are naked or clothed.
Excuse me, but mikos (like Reimu and priestresses of Touhou universe) aren't Buddish but Shinto´st, which isn't the same thing at all. So, a buddhist priestress DOES NOT look like Reimu. Here's a picture of how Buddhist priests look like: [link] (Priestress is on the right.)
2-First of all, I'm a Westerner who has never been to Japan and only know about Japan from watching anime and Japanese movies. Nobody can really explain to me what "Shinto" is supposed to be, but from what I can gather on Wikipedia and other sources, Shinto IS Buddhism, or at least a branch of it. It's like Wicca and paganism, or Catholicism and Christinianity: even when people make distinctions, they are the same to me.
Second, when I write Touhou Reviews, I don't write Gensyoko as being in one particular country. In Touhou Reviews, Gensyoko is wether the plot calls for it to be: it can be in Japan, in Argentina, in Ireland, in the U.S.A., in Canada, and anywhere else on Earth. As such, I try to give the Touhous a more international flavor in order to emphasize that they can be from any given country at any given time. And that means I write Reimu as being more of a Buddhist priestess than a Shinto priestess, since Buddhism is more international while somehing like Shinto is more Japan-centric. I still call her a Shinto priestess (a miko) and she still performs the duties of a miko, but her beliefs and her personality match those of a Buddhist more.
So, I myself don't make such a disntinction, at least not when I'm writing Reimu.
wooooah just want to clarify that Shinto is not Buddhism. Shinto is a purely japanese "religion" revolving around the japanese gods and folklore and myths of various villages before japan's unification. Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha in rejection to the Vedic religion of India. He was enlightened that enlightenment comes from not wanting, asceticism, a type of self deprecation/self harm popular in Vedism as a path to enlightenment, could not lead to enlightenment because ascetics WANT enlightenment. He became known as the Buddha. (not those fat bellied "buddha" u see in chinese restaurants). He specifically did not want to be known as a God but that did not stop people from believing him to be divine. All reincarnations of the buddha are buddha stavas before they reach enlightenment. So basically these two religions are COMPLETELY different.