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Mt. Maya


50 YouTube Videos

This morning I released my video on Mt. Maya (and article here), and it turns out this was my 50th YouTube video. A lot of the earlier videos are for English lessons so don’t really count, but I’m happy that there is a marked difference in the quality, it does seem as if I am getting better. The Mt. Maya video I am particularly proud of, I think I could do well to emulate that video in future. The 100 Mountains of Yamagata project is intended to help refine my video making skills, and as it currently stands, basically I want to make as many videos on the 100 mountains as I can as fast as possible to try and finish the project. If I can keep up the current pace, I should be done by the end of 2023, although from now on I will have to go much further afield to even get to the mountains. I’m hoping by then I should be able to make good quality videos much more easily, and my Mt. Maya video is showing that that would indeed be possible.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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