Yamabushido

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to share cultural programs of mind, spirit and body with citizens of the world, to equip them with what they need to be mindful, restored, and happy. In particular, we offer the tools of the Yamabushi and the Dewa Sanzan culture to anyone who feels that it is a useful path of self-awareness and self-development.

OUR VALUES

Communication of our culture

We value the continued communication of our precious local culture. In particular, the ways in which our culture can benefit the world.

We donate 10 percent of our revenue to the local community

Maintenance of tradition through sharing the experiences. Our work supports and maintains the local culture and manufacture as a business (i.e. Pilgrim Lodges, Shinto Shrines, Hotels, Local Food Culture including farmers.) We restore 10% of our revenue to the local community.

INFORMATION

Company name Megurun Inc.
Address 120-2 Konkoji, Yabase, Tsuruoka, Yamagata-Prefecture, JAPAN
Founder & CEO Takeharu Kato

OUR TEAM

Takeharu Kato
Founder & CEO

In 2011, Mr. Takeharu Kato was working in Hakuhodo, but was in search of something more powerful, something with more meaning. He moved to Tsuruoka-city and launched Megurun Inc., a company aimed at promoting the wonder of the region, in particular, Yamabushi-oriented activities and philosophy. Megurun Inc. is dedicated to promoting the local area in a global context. And to promoting the use of renewable energy to enable a sustainable life.

Kanae Soma of Megurun and the Yamabushido Programs

Kanae Soma
Project Leader

Kanae joined our team in 2016 just as we were getting off the ground. Kanae spent nearly 20 years working in product development and overseas market expansion in a soy sauce company. She aims to use this experience in providing deeper programs made in conjunction with the local community.

Whenever Kanae feels at a loss or unsure what to do, she pops her head out the window to take in the view of the Dewa Sanzan in search of the right answer. She has also taken part in Yamabushi training before, and has been working with the Yamabushi for a long time.

Tim Bunting
Project Sub-Leader

Tim Bunting is a certified Yamabushi with almost a decade worth of experience in Yamagata living near the Dewa Sanzan. Originally from New Zealand, the self-professed nature lover spent many of his formative years in the great outdoors, and truly feels at home amongst the vast forests, sprawling rice fields, and mountains of Yamagata Prefecture.

For Tim, the Dewa Sanzan holds a special importance as a place to get away from the real world, and back to a simpler time, that he believes is something that could benefit people from the world over. Tim’s interests include Japanese history and culture (he is the curator of dewasanzan.com), coffee, photography, music, and sports such as cricket and rugby.

Lisa Wynne
Communications Manager

Lisa lived in Yamagata for over four years, when she got to know the local mountains by name. She first became acquainted with the Yamabushi, in a focus group organized by the Dewa Sanzan shrine. This resulted in her writing the copy for a new English-language pamphlet for Mount Haguro, and a new curiosity for the history and culture of these mountains.

Through participating in Shugyo training and pilgrimage walks in the Dewa Sanzan, she found both the peace and the adventure of learning. Now she is back home in Ireland, seeking new lessons and meditations in the Irish hills and valleys. With the Megurun team, she is ready to answer your questions and provide insightful and practical information to participants.

CONTACT US

We offer a range of self-development programs throughout the year. Contact us using this form or visit Megurun.com for more.

Options and customized experiences are also available.

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