Yamabushi

Kiwi Yamabushi on Mt. Haguro

Trials and tribulations on YouTube

Last year in May, I set about climbing Mt. Haguro from the lesser-known Haguro Kodo side in Shonai Town. It was a really unique way to experience one of the most sacred mountains there is, and I spent more than a few hours putting together a 20 minute video of the experience. However, while we …

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What is a Yamabushi? The ancient mountain dwellers of Japan

For starters, the only way to really understand what a yamabushi is, is to become one yourself. However, I understand this isn’t exactly practical for most people, so I will give a rudimentary introduction of my understanding of the yamabushi from my perspective as a Dewa Sanzan Shrine Yamabushi. It’s also important to note that …

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Mt. Gassan seen from Mt. Hokari

Just allow it: The Dewa Sanzan Mountains of Rebirth

I’m just helping to make a pamphlet for the Dewa Sanzan. It’s amazing how much my knowledge has changed over the years, not that it increased much, but that it got more accurate. Yamabushi culture is traditionally only passed down through word of mouth, it took a lot to convince Master Hoshino to have his …

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