Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Japan wasabi farmer’s hut – softypapa

Each year more homes, farms and communities are abandoned in the mountains where I explore, as the centuries old Japanese farming lifestyle is nearing it’s end. This small building featured in the video above is the rest hut of a humble wasabi farmer. A place where the farmer can eat his lunch, wait out the cold rain beside a small fire and take leave of his hard labors tending to wasabi terraces near the high mountains of the Japan Southern Alps. This farmer is the last holdout in a valley of abandoned farms, and after he is gone in another few years the valley will slowly return to it’s natural state, his farm will become overgrown, his shack will crumble and his memory will become lost.

Wasabi farmers shack - softypapa MAP 01Here are the Google Maps coordinates for the rough area (green arrow) of this farm: 35.096738,138.314853

Wasabi farmers shack - softypapa MAP 02

softypapa spapaWelcome to the softypapa blog. 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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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.

The Path of Wildness Resources

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Follow me on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/softypapa

Be my friend on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/LylesBrother

On Google+
https://plus.google.com/u/0/108027407488568902619/posts

At the JVLOG forum (my username there is “LylesBrother”):
http://jvlog.org

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

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Credits

“Japanese Falls” image included in this video is by the artist Lane Brown. See more of Mr. Brown’s work at the following URL:
http://lanebrownart.blogspot.com/p/portfolio.html

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.
http://www.tracerecordings.com

Channel homepage image “Leaf” by photographer Moyan Brenn.
See more of Mr. Brenn’s photos on Flickr at the link below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigle_dore

Walking in Japan softypapa torii image

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