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Call out litter bugs

This morning I witnessed something I knew was happening, but just hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. Walking home from the convenience store (which I despise, but we ran out of milk for my daily cold brew), there was a man probably about the same age as me who had left the convenience store probably a minute before me.

We were walking home on opposite sides of the same road and I happened to look up just as he threw some rubbish behind him as if nothing was happening. I called him out, shouting that I had seen him. Thankfully he begrudgingly went and picked it up and continued along his way.

I have no idea what possessed him and made him do that, but I have no qualms if he feels any resentment towards me. What was he expecting? Someone else to clean up after him? (like the lady a few metres behind walking her dog who witnessed the whole thing) trying to be cool?

Japan has a clean image because for the most part people do look after their own rubbish. Seeing someone break the rules like that was quite surprising to be honest, but I guess there are bad apples everywhere. I just hope I discouraged him enough to never do it again!

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.

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