Path of the Kami

by | Jan 31, 2021 | Poetry

Path 2 | Shimenawa | Path of the KamiNo weighty tomes

No dietary restrictions

No splitting hairs

And splitting them again


Just footprints in the snow

Already melting

In the warmth

Of a bright clear sun

About Mike Freiling

Mike’s interest in the connections between different cultures and their philosophies began during his year as a Luce Scholar (1977-1978) at Kyoto University, when he first learned the meaning of the shimenawa and translated the Heian Period poems of the Hyaku Nin Isshu into English. In 2020, he founded Shimenawa no Michi to leverage his experience as an investment advisor into a broader initiative to help people navigate the challenges of life, love, and the search for transcendence. Mike also holds a PhD in artificial intelligence from MIT and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation from the CFA Institute.