Mr. Tomoki Tsujita - Mountain guide and practicing “Yamabushi” monk
✿When you challenge a strenuous trail in Japan, Tomoki is the man you want to have by your side. He supports your day so that it is perfectly safe and comfortable. The secret of his guiding is his pure spirit as a monk. If you see Tomoki, he might look like an ordinary Japanese man, but his heart is very warm and full of deep love toward mountains and nature.
He was born in Wakayama, the bottom of Mt. Koya, which is famous as a religious centre of esoteric Buddhism. When he was in 20s, a mountain practitioner recommended that he try 'Shugendo', mountain ascetic training. Over the years he has earned the following titles:
◆ Official Mountain guide of Japan Alpine Club
◆ Certified guide of Mt. Koya Kongobu-ji precinct
◆ World Heritage Meister of Wakayama prefecture
◆ Official guide of Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage
◆ Buddhist monk of Shingon esoteric sect
Throughout the year, Tomoki walks in the mountains, mainly in Kii peninsula and Shikoku area, to keep his deep knowledge of the area. He also knows all the separate ancient routes of Kumano very well, including the latest conditions, not just as a mountain guide but as somewhat a mysterious wise man from the sky…
His power has been strengthened by fruit milk, not by sake. After walking on rough mountain trails for a long time, he usually sips it and nods with satisfaction.