The Best Season in Japan

Mountains of Wisdom: September 2021 Update

Tim Bunting AKA Kiwi Yamabushi

The Best Season in Japan

Mt. Chokai in Sakata City looking glorious as it protrudes above the golden rice fields
Mt. Chokai amongst the rice fields of Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture

Mountains of Wisdom

The 8th Station of Mt. Gassan of the Dewa Sanzan stands out amongst the blue sky and green marshlands of Midagahara
Mt. Gassan’s Eighth station and the Midagahara marshlands

The Dewa Sanzan’s Mountain of Death: Mt. Gassan

Master Hayasaka of Daishinbo pilgrim lodge gazes over the green meadows of Mt. Gassan
Master Hayasaka of Daishinbo pilgrim lodge gazes over the green meadows of Mt. Gassan

Bananas and Cokes, Leaches and Pit Vipers: Mt. Kumanonagamine

Yakushi Jinja (shrine) on Mt. Kumanonagamine has a mountain path through towering cedars and a stone bridge
The stone path leads over a small bridge amongst the cedar forests of Yakushi Jinja on Mt. Kumanonagamine

Womb Passes and Monkey Crossings: Mt. Kyogakura

A Jizo statue tucked under a huge boulder at the top of Mt. Kyogakura, one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
A Jizo statue tucked under a huge boulder at the top of Mt. Kyogakura, one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata

Mt. Fujikura

Mt. Chokai floats in the blue sky, shot from Mt. Fujikura surrounded by greenery on all sides
Mt. Chokai seen from Mt. Fujikura, one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
The port town of Sanze seen from Mt. Fujikura, one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Sanze seen from Mt. Fujikura

From here on out

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Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi on Zao-san. Photo owned by Kiwi Yamabushi.
Mt. Chokai during the summer

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