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Mt. Haguro in the early morning hours

Mt. Haguro in the early morning hours

Here’s a relaxing video of the summit of Mt. Haguro in the early hours for you. Every time I go there, I feel a very strong energy unlike anywhere else. I assume it is because of all the history of worshipping there, and the fact that the cedar forest is essentially its own eco-system, at least in my mind, and that’s what I wished to share with this video. To be honest, this wasn’t very hard to put together. You can probably tell that it was filmed by hand, I had no tripod, or at least none big enough, and had to try really hard to hold my hand steady. I believe I was able to do a good enough job, most of the time at least. Mt. Haguro is such a peaceful mountain.

Finally I have a decent set up for video creation, at least I think so. My friend very kindly let me borrow his MacMini (it belonged to his late father so he wasn’t using it), and an eGPU, which I hadn’t heard of until he told me about it, so I now have a dedicated video-editing machine. My MacbookPro should be good enough to do the job, but it can become very slow and overheated, so much so that I had to get a new logicboard for it this month, and that was by no means cheap. So, I am very happy to have this workhorse at my disposal, and I am going to do my upmost to make sure it gets put through its paces. I have a backlog of videos to work on, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for me, and I’m really glad I could get this Mt. Haguro morning stroll out so quickly. Pure ASMR.

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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