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The eighth station of Mt. Gassan during the middle of summer.


It’s all practice

Today I will be climbing Mt. Gassan, the second time in as many weeks. Last week I took a whole lot of footage that has since been rendered useless, so this is my chance to make up for it.

I did get to have a look at the footage, and I can already think of a number of improvements to make, so I’m going to do what my friend suggested and think of it as practice. Which in all honesty is basically what any creative endeavour is anyway.

He also pointed out something else that should make for better videos. I put a lot of pressure on myself to talk continuously on the camera like the professionals do, even though I’m not very good at doing it like that.

So, I have a list of points to cover, and I’m going to try covering them, but without too much pressure to get it right the first take. I give myself plenty of time for climbing, so I guess I should also give myself plenty of time for commentary. I think it’s in my nature to want to hurry to the destination, even though that’s not why you go to places, well not the entire reason.

Either way, this will be another chance at practicing my craft, and another chance to do one better. Let’s make it the best we can!

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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