Sat
Mar 13th

The Spirit of Yamagata: a Virtual Journey

Mountain monks, sacred mountains, and the ways of Shugendo

Geoff Day   - 3 min read
When : Saturday - Mar 13th 2021, 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Join Japan Travel on a virtual pilgrimage to the Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa and learn about the ancient practices of Shugendo (the way of mountain worship) from Yamabushi mountain guides.

Join us LIVE at 2:00 pm JST: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83433915852

Our next online journey takes us to Yamagata in northern Japan where we have two teams ready to guide us along ancient mountain paths and into temple lodgings. Along the way, we will deep dive into the local food and culture of the Yamabushi monks.

Mountain worship dates back to the 8th century of Japan and people from around Japan (and the world) make pilgrimages to these holy mountains to train the body, mind, and soul in the relatively untouched natural environments of Yamagata. On the tour, you can learn about visiting the area and joining your own Yamabushi training program in Japan as the mountain monks have recently opened their traditions and training to the world in order to further spread their philosophies and teachings.

The event takes place live on Zoom, so click the link before 2:00 pm (JST) on Saturday, March 13th.

Zoom URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83433915852

Tour Highlights
14:00 - Opening and Introductions
14:05 - Team A - Introduction and outdoor hiking experience with a Yamabushi
14:30 - Team B - Temple lodging and shojin ryori (mountain cuisine) demonstration
14:50 - Live Question and Answer Session
15:00 - Closing

We will also talk about the city of Tsuruoka and the beautiful area of western Yamagata Prefecture. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Geoff Day

Geoff Day @geoff.day

Explorer and COO for the Japan Travel team. Always on the lookout for unique adventures. Originally from Texas, I am approaching fifteen years in Japan. Feel free to message me for opportunities.