How is Shinrin Yoku really done in Japan?​

Shinrin Yoku in Japan through mountain villages

Shinrin Yoku in The Daily Life

Shinrin Yoku in Japan becomes a daily habit without much hurdle for many people. This is true for a most Japanese and foreign residents alike. It is easily accessible thanks to the clever city planning that beautifully weaves nature, even forest, and well-paved walkways into the urban landscape. As a result, going for a Shinrin Yoku walk requires little planning, hence incorporating it into the daily life is convenient.

Having lived in Japan, I do not see Shinrin Yoku as an activity that one can do only in the forest. Though being in the forest, you will probably benefit more from the density of trees and the physical activity of climbing the altitude. In order to incorporate Shinrin Yoku into your daily routine, we need a simple shift in our mindset and an awareness.

For the most part, do not wait for that epic trip to the mountain. Like in Japan, everyone of us can practice Shinrin Yoku everyday and anywhere. By adopting a concept of treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a moment, Ichigo Ichie (一期一会), you learn to appreciate the nature around you like a Japanese.

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A Peaceful Shinrin Yoku Walk in Japan

In this YouTube video, Miyako From JAPAN shows the kind of walk one would normally experience in Japan. The kind that is long, simple, peaceful and even boring. There is no talk, no music and no filter. In effect, this simply allows us to be in the present moment. Generally speaking, you can practice this in your neighborhood.

Japan celebrates long walk. In most places you go, you will see people, young and especially old, walking quietly and slowly. Evidently, they take the time to fully absorb the surrounding beauties through all their senses. You will notice some of these in the video below.

In a walk like this, “boredom” is a goal, the antipode of mindless connectivity, constant stimulation, anger and dissatisfaction. “Boredom” is in quotes because the boredom here fosters a heightened sense of presence. To be “bored” is to be free of distraction.

If you are not in Japan, but would like to enjoy the benefits of Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku, here are simple tips on how to forest bathe on your own and enjoy it. When you do Shinrin Yoku regularly, longevity and mindfulness are not hard to achieve.

Planning a trip to Japan and want to experience Japan’s great outdoors? Check out these 3 amazing places for forest bathing.

The Definitive Guide to Shinrin Yoku Training

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