Sokushinbutus refers to the practice of self-mummification that was followed by a mountainous dwelling sect of Buddhist monks who were called Shugen-do.
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Sokushinbutsu: Pay Your Respects to Japan’s Self Mummified Buddhist Monks

Sponsored by The Tourism Association of Central Region in Fukushima Prefecture What is Sokushinbutsu? Throughout Northern Japan you can find them, scattered among the mountainous regions of Yamagata and Fukushima Prefectures. Tucked away in small inconspicuous temples are a handful of monks who willingly chose…