Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

In search of the howling wild

Kurt BellToday is going to be a repeat of yesterday, as my wife and daughter are both busy and I’m on my own for the whole day. My destination is the desperate (this really is the right word) village of Ikawa, located in a remote section of the Japan Southern Alps. The village got its start serving as the base for feudal era gold mines in the 1600’s and today remains something of a mute sentinel and last outpost of one of the most rugged and remote regions of central Japan. If the water’s low I hope to visit the village’s original site which is frequently submerged. When the water’s low you can trudge through the muck and find the foundations of homes, old hearths and other evidence of the life which was once lived here. After that I plan to drive and then hike as deep as I can, possibly into snow country, in an attempt to once again hear the the sound of the howling wild. An experience I’ve only known three times in my life yet which I hope to know at least once more before my life is done. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

The Path of WildnessThe 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.

The Path of Wildness Resources

LylesBrotherWelcome to the LylesBrother channel. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of life 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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One comment on “In search of the howling wild

  1. Ross-Barry Finlayson
    January 3, 2013

    Have a great day Kurt and be careful.

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