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Mingle Cafe

Back in 2016, a friend and I ran an experimental cafe. Every other week, on the day that my chef friend had off, which was always a Monday, we would borrow our mutual friends’ cafe and run a cafe for a day. I was in charge of making coffee and waiting on people. My friend was in charge of the food. The name, was Mingle Cafe. It was a combination of the English word Mingle, and ‘min’ and ‘guru’ in Japanese, Min meaning people, ‘guru’ meaning going around or mixing.

In a nutshell, the idea was to get people who otherwise wouldn’t to mingle. We wanted people to be more open to others, to take in their ideas, mix them with their own, and come up with new ones.

We were also invited to make coffee at an event named ‘Sho-naight’. I felt very honoured to have the chance (although I don’t think I did a very good job, but that’s another story).

This told me that, if you put your idea in the world, you never know where the traction will come from, but it will come eventually.

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.


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Tim.

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