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Tim the Slasher

Yesterday a friend told me about the term ‘slasher’ that he had heard from Audrey Tang. Tang was asked what profession she thinks children would want to be in the future, and ‘slasher’ was her answer. Reason being, it will become less and less common to have only one specialty in the future, and people are becoming more and more likely to have a / in their title.

This fits me perfectly. There’s just too many things that I have an interest in, and I have gained aptitude at a few of them that I can officially call myself Tim the Slasher. University Lecturer / Yamabushi. Translator / Blogger. Interpreter / YouTuber.

Becoming a slasher was a natural progression though, I feel. It’s not as if I decided I want to do all these things at once. But I do have a bit of a mindset where if I could make a living doing some of the things that I like, as opposed to my ‘real’ job as an English lecturer, I would. What that means is that I have actively looked for ways in which I can make money and eventually a living from some if not all of these extra activities, and I think that is the right way to go about any hobby or anything you feel an inclination towards, just don’t make it a prerequisite.

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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