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Tim Bunting AKA Kiwi Yamabushi on Zao-san


Start with person

Tim Bunting, person.

I am a person. Let’s start there.

For some people, it’s easy to describe your job because a title has been given to you, the hard work has been taken out. For others, not so much.

I have such a varied work experience. I’m also working on so many different things at the same time it’s all but impossible to round everything up into one word.

I am writing this blog, I can call myself a blogger. I make YouTube videos, I can call myself a YouTuber. I work at a university, and I also project manage the Yamabushido program. University lecturer, Yamabushi, project manager.

As part of Yamabushido, I built and run dewasanzan.com; web designer, photographer, writer, content creator. I have a love of coffee, and make coffee everyday. I swim as much as I can, and I love mountains, so much so I opted to climb 100 of them for you. Barista (haha), swimmer, mountaineer.

So many titles, all that only show but a small piece of who I am.

Let’s start with person. And end there.

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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