One-way teaching is common in Japan, and I think it’s why a lot of communication is one way here too. If you have someone who likes to take the spotlight or simply can’t stand silence, this is bad news, because once you give them the chance to talk, they don’t shut up, even when they’re spurting shit that no one but them is interested in.
My tip? Listen. See what the other person is interested in, then respond to that. Otherwise you’re just wasting the time of not only the other person, but yourself also. Plus if you listen, it’s harder for people to judge you.
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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.
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