Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Abandoned Japan shiitake farm – Abandoned Japan

Here’s an interesting abandoned farm I found in a very lonely valley near the Japan Southern Alps. The farm includes some impressive hand-laid stone retaining walls, a collapsed farm building and evidence of use for growing Shitake mushrooms. The farm may have also once included wasabi terraces up a small waterfall gully though these have seemingly been washed away in flood.

This farm is located in a canyon I’d missed discovering for years. I’d passed the area countless times on journeys into the deeper mountains, and it was only an accidental glance which caused me to realize there was an almost hidden road leading to an enormous valley of abandoned farms. I’ve only been in the valley once and couldn’t locate more than a few active farms. Most of the past agricultural activity seems to be related to wasabi and there are many abandoned terraces quite full of healthy (and very valuable!) plants which have gone feral. This particular farm was a bit of a mystery to me though I suspect it may have been a dual-purpose shiitake mushroom and wasabi farm. You can bet I’ll be exploring this area more in the months ahead. I also have plans to use this area as a new hunting ground for the Asian Giant Hornet as the elevation and micro-climate in this valley are perfect for these dreaded killers.


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The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
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.

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