Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Farmhouse swallowed by the forest 日本の家は森に飲み込ま – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

Here’s a farmhouse which is almost completely swallowed by the surrounding forest. The green was so dense I could get no nearer than where I took this photo. Like almost every abandoned home I find in these mountains I expect this place is fully furnished. Though I never enter these homes I can sometimes peek through the windows and I’m often surprised to see kitchens fully equipped to cook a meal and living rooms ready for an evening of family entertainment. I remember seeing one home which even had a tea service set out on the small kotatsu table. Nevertheless these domestic thoughts quickly depart when you notice the creeping vines moving in through the windows, hornets nests above the Buddhist altar and the accumulating forest debris covering the floor. Can you spot the second building in this photo?

Farmhouse swallowed by the forest 日本の家は森に飲み込ま - 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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