TIM BUNTING

KIWI YAMABUSHI

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Tim Bunting AKA KiwiYamabushi playing the Horagai Conch on Mt. Kinbo during the winter. Photo by David Lips

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Hearing the echo

Playing a Yamabushi conch is not easy. It takes time to train your lip muscles and lungs (and stomach!) to get the right tones at the right times, and even after years of practice you don’t always get the intended sound.

However, there is one thing you can quite easily control; your timing.

The really cool part about the conch is not the sound that comes out, but rather the sound that is echoed back to you. So much so, it’s almost as if you play it to get that echo.

Yet if your timing is a bit too quick, if you are hurried, in other words, you completely miss that echo.

Keep the echo in mind. The timing will follow.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.


Tim.

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