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A Jizo statue at the top of Mt. Kyogakura in Sakata


Learning by doing: Progress in the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Project

One of my aims in undertaking the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata was to learn how to effectively make videos. Part of this was making good quality videos in a relatively short amount of time, and I have come some way in achieving this aim, at least when compared to the past. There’s no better teacher than experience, and by getting out and actually making these videos, even after only about five of them, I have already learned a whole lot.

I’m quite proud of myself as I managed to get a video edited in less than a week. Up until now my videos have been a lot of editing out and covering over plainly bad footage. This has meant more of a focus on getting better footage, which in turn means that I can edit videos much faster than before.

The biggest difference is definitely switching to mainly using my Sony camera, but also thinking more about composition, getting myself into the shots in a good light, and also practicing my lines or taking multiple takes to get the lines right. I noticed all of these things in editing my Mt. Kyogakura video, which is currently uploading. Now all I need to do is keep this effort up, and I should have a good set of videos for people to enjoy.

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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