Month: March 2021

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

About Me

My name is Timothy Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi. I moved to the Shonai region of Yamagata, Japan, from New Zealand in 2010, and became an official Yamabushi by completing the Akinomine Autumn Peak Ritual through Dewa Sanzan Shrine in 2017.  By pure chance, the opportunity to become a Yamabushi came to me less than …

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closeup photo of black hilt and brown sword

Tim the Slasher

Yesterday a friend told me about the term ‘slasher’ that he had heard from Audrey Tang. Tang was asked what profession she thinks children would want to be in the future, and ‘slasher’ was her answer. Reason being, it will become less and less common to have only one specialty in the future, and people …

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The real reason why Japanese people love Sakura

I’m not sure how many people put two and two together, it took me a while to realise, but the blooming of Sakura coincides with the start of the rice planting season. Why does this matter? Well, the ancient Japanese felt the presence of Kami deities in all manner of objects, and Sakura were felt …

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