Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

My adventure bicycle – softypapa

I’ve had this particular bicycle for roughly three years and it has served me well on many adventures. The bicycle is a 28 inch Bridgestone Bravestar (please read below to learn more about mamachari bicycles)! The Bravestar is Bridgestone’s extra heavy duty mamachari with thick tubing, reinforced joints and extra strong wheel spokes. The Bravestar is also one of the only Bridgestone mamachari which includes a jumbo 28 inch model (very large by Japanese standards). The bike includes many features such as a three speed integrated gear hub with sealed rear brake. The bicycle’s front light is powered by a well designed, low resistance front-hub generator while the rear light includes a solar panel for easy and automatic charging. Both lights come on automatically after the sun goes down though the front light includes a special setting which, when used, will cause the light to stay whenever the bicycle is being ridden. Strong wire baskets at the front and rear provide lots of room for object being moved while the extra strong frame ensures that even a very heavy load may not cause the bike to wobble or become too unsteady.

This type of Bicycle is affectionately known in Japan as a “mamachari” and is most popular with homemakers who use the bikes to run errands around town, carry groceries and ferry one or more children to and from kindergarten. Men in Japan also use mamachari though more often these bicycles are used simply as commuter vehicles.

I am a great fan of mamachari as these bikes are normally very durable and well designed for use in navigating the many small, twisty roads of urban Japan. The bikes are also quite comfortable as the riding posture is normally upright and the wide, well cushioned seat is very comfortable even on very long rides. Mamachari perform well in nearly any weather condition and their relatively low cost makes them an affordable alternative for daily transportation. Some mamachari even include special battery-assisted drives to help Okasan (mother) climb tough hills when carrying a full load of kids and groceries.

Here is a link to see this bicycle in detail when it was brand new:

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Here is a link where you can “see the clouds”:


The Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
The fall of a boulder down a mountain
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

Learn more about The Path of Wildness here: http://wp.me/P5A2F-As

softypapaWelcome to the softypapa channel. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have chosen to walk awhile with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if you have questions or just want to chat and say hi. I can also be found at the JVLOG forum with other Japan-related content creators. All links are listed below. I look forward to meeting you on-line. Have a great day!

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You can also reach me via email at the following address: softypapa@gmail.com



“Japanese Falls” image included in this video is by the artist Lane Brown. See more of Mr. Brown’s work at the following URL:

Channel Theme Music “Song For Kurt” used with permission by Nowherians. Discover more about the artist and their music at the URL below. Be sure to check out their “Rome Pays Off” recordings.

Channel homepage image “Leaf” by photographer Moyan Brenn.
See more of Mr. Brenn’s photos on Flickr at the link below.

Walking in Japan softypapa torii image


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