Yamabushi in northern Japan practice a once forbidden ancient religion.
While their tradition is at risk of disappearing, it offers a way for
those seeking a different path in Japan‘s society.
Walking barefoot through rivers, meditating under waterfalls and
spending the nights on mountaintops – that is the way of the Yamabushi.
They walk into the forest to die and be born again.
Their teachings of Shugendō 修験道 were first established 1400 years ago
and peaked in popularity during the 17th century,