Japan’s connection with the natural world has shaped its people’s lives and culture for thousands of years. In ancient times they looked on their mountains as the dwelling places of the gods. This still continues through the Japanese practice of Shugendo which is centred around the examination of our relationship with the natural world. It's practitioners are popularly known as Yamabushi, literally, "those who lie in the mountains".
Mountain Runners, Rickey Gates and Anna Frost, travel to the Japanese Alps to explore this shared bond with the mountains.