Last Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Tohoku’s Sokushinbutsu

The Mummies of Northern Japan

Donny Kimball
12 min readFeb 4, 2023

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The torii gate that sits at the base of the Dewa Sanzan’s sacred Mount Yudono in Yamagata

Now that I have your collective attention with a sucker punch title like that, allow me to now state that we will no longer be using the term “mummy” for the rest of the article. While I mean no offense to the desiccated pharos of Egypt, many Buddhists and other lay adherents in Japan do have a gripe with…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/