The Life of a Shugendo Monk — An Interview With Taichi Tani

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
13 min readMar 4, 2024

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Taichi Tani is a monk in a village in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku Island. Although Shikoku is famous for its pilgrimage and numerous Shingon Buddhism temples, Mr. Tani’s temple is outside the pilgrimage route and from another tradition: Shugendo. Shugendo is a Japanese religion mixing Buddhism, Shinto, and Taoism. Ascetic training in the mountains is a central practice.

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.