Subscribe to the Mountains of Wisdom Mailer

* indicates required



Don’t let it ruin your holiday

If only we didn’t have to stay inside… if only my family could visit normally… if only we could visit that restaurant again…

At this time of year, we typically get some time off to relax and spend as we please. But for most (well, maybe not those in NZ or Aussie), this year is going to be entirely different.

This not being able to celebrate the new year as per usual might seem like a burden or unnatural to some, and it’s only natural that feelings like this get in the way of what could have been.

There’s nothing we can do about the situation we are currently in, of course we can do something about the future situation, but this situation is what it is.

Even if we fool ourselves into thinking it’s an ordinary year, we will come across things that aren’t ordinary that will put a huge blemish on things. My advice is to embrace the situation for what it is.

So you may not be able to meet that uncle. So you may not be able to have the same meal you always have. So you may not be able to visit that restaurant. It’s undesirable, sure, but it’s not the end of the world.

Don’t let your regret about the situation ruin your experience. Don’t let it ruin your holiday. Embrace the experience for what it is, a new one. You’ll be glad you did.

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.

Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.



Subscribe to my weekly yamabushi newsletter


frozen wave against sunlight
Creativity is your girlfriend
black and red typewriter on white table
Why I write every day: And why you should too
man in long sleeve capturing photo
Voice and Views


Making Sourdough Starter (I.e. procrastinating)
man standing surrounded with smoke
Just another performance
Writing Accountability


people walking on the streets surrounded by buildings
Advice about using hanko stamps online in Japan
Being rejected builds character
Why you should learn how to say your opinion


Get In Touch

Sakata City, Yamagata, Japan 


All photos my own. Contact for more. 

Share this:

Like this:

Like Loading...
Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: