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Lifetime learning

Learning a second language and learning to swim are two things that have provided me with unlimited benefits. These days teaching is all about teaching for life, and these two things are pretty good examples of just that. I’m so grateful for having the opportunity to do both.

First, I swam 10k this week. First time in probably 7 or 8 years, at least I haven’t done so since coming to Sakata (2014 for reference). The outdoor pool definitely makes it easier. Once you’re used to 50m laps, it gets easier to swim longer because it doesn’t feel as long. I wouldn’t have been able to do this if it weren’t for the support I got from my parents when I was little.

Same thing goes for Japanese. When I was doing my study abroad, I remember it was hell not being able to communicate freely. It was extremely tiring, I would spend the night binging on English TV shows. These days, I don’t get tired with Japanese at all, I can use it all day and even dream in Japanese and not get tired. This wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the support I got from my parents either.

That’s why lifelong learning and teaching things for life is important. And it’s important to play it forward too.

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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