Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

At the abandoned trail head 日本は道を断念 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

This photo was taken by my friend Paul just before we set off to explore an abandoned farm trail which we think leads to a waterfall wasabi farm. The farmer who created this now abandoned farm went to the trouble of making a wooden bridge which crosses over the top of a five meter waterfall. I couldn’t muster the courage to cross the bridge alone when I first discovered this farm and thus returned later with a friend to try it. Sadly, when we reached the falls we discovered that a flood earlier in the month had washed the bridge away. It is now likely that no one will ever see the wasabi farm which lies somewhere beyond. The building in this image holds the home’s traditional wood-fired bathtub and outhouse. This building is the most intact on the entire compound which includes two homes and several farm sheds. This farm is located in a very remote and inaccessible location of the Japan Southern Alps. Many thanks to Paul for sharing this photo with me from the series he shot that day. 🙂

At the abandoned trail head 日本は道を断念 - Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

Welcome to the Abandoned Japan blog. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of Japan 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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