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Mt. Chokai from Mt. Kyogakura



Following the example of Sendaiben.org who in turn is following Derek Sivers, who incidentally it seems is living in my hometown, something I wouldn’t have known without this, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and set up my own now page.

Current Projects

I’m still working as an Assistant Professor at Tohoku University of Community Service and Science. This is my main job, but I have a large number of side gigs on the go, probably too much actually, but anyway. Here are some of my projects:

The Yamabushido Project through Megurun Inc. aimed at providing transformative experiences on the mountains of Japan. This project involves me doing a whole lot of stuff, project management, customer relations, customer management, experience design, marketing, newsletter writing, and when the time comes, I’m hoping to do the thing we most set out to do, which is to provide Yamabushi training for speakers of English.

For the Yamabushido Project, I’m also working on translating Master Hoshino’s first book, looking for a publisher at the moment.

We are also a part of the Dewa Sanzan Monzenmachi Project team. As part of this, I am developing the Dewasanzan.com website, although I haven’t been able to do much in recent times.

However, I have been chosen as a content checker for a governmental project aimed at using native speakers to portray places in a more appealing light, meaning people will come here to create content for websites, brochures, signs etc., and my job is to oversee it, basically as a fact-checker.

I’m still doing freelance translation and interpretation when the jobs come up, nothing recently though.

I write a blog daily, like this one, to collect my thoughts and for a productive output. Since the start of 2021, I have been working on The 100 Mountains of Yamagata Project, and a list of the mountains can be found on this Notion page. This is the main thing I’m working on in my spare time as it gives me immense joy at exploring my background and discovering some amazing places I never would have thought to have gone to otherwise.

Through this project not only am I wanting to learn more about my backyard, but also to develop my content creation skills, mainly blog posts and YouTube videos. You can follow my progress with the Mountains of Wisdom mailer by hitting the subscribe button in the header, or the link below, I’m aiming to have at least monthly updates.

As it currently stands, I’ve climbed ten of the famous mountains of Yamagata, more information here:

Mountains summited, blog article written, and YouTube video made


Mountains summited, blog article written, waiting on YouTube video


Mountains summited


  • Mt. Kyogakura (summited twice to cover both sides of the mountain)
  • Mt. Yudono

Next mountains on my list (in no particular order)

  • Mt. Fujikura
  • Mt. Ubagatake
  • Mt. Fujikura
  • Mt. Chokai
  • Mt. Hayama
  • Mt. Maya
  • Mt. Hokari
  • Mt. Yozo
  • Mt. Taizo
  • Mt. Shogadake and Mt. Kumanonagamine I will have to do again as I lost the video footage (one of my external hard drives corrupted)

And I recently set up a media page to make it easier to see my recent content.


I’ve been listening to Tom Misch a lot recently, basically just binging all his stuff. Love it.

Also, Alfa Mist.

TV / Movies

We just finished watching all episodes of The Good Doctor, and before that Elementary. Both are highly recommended. We are currently going through Young Sheldon, although we’re looking for something more scintillating if I’m being honest.

For movies, I haven’t been watching much but as I use the rowing machine I’ve been watching Allied with Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, and Jared Harris who I loved in MadMen. Also been going through Rick and Morty on Netflix of course.

Otherwise I’ve been doing a lot of writing and making YouTube content. Looking forward to getting that out to you all soon.


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.

Sign up to the weekly Mountains of Wisdom newsletter, follow me on social (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Clubhouse, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email via the link below to stay in touch.



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