Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Nearly abandoned home in the village of the Long Bear ほぼ捨てられた日本の家庭 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

Here’s a humble farmhouse which I expect to become abandoned within the next decade. The home is within the village of the “Long Bear” where the resident count has been in fast decline since I began visiting the area ten years ago. This is one of the most beautiful villages I know, nestled near a bend in the river and between awesome peaks on either side. The only access is via a narrow road which last year became impassable after a typhoon knocked down an enormous tree. Not willing to remain trapped in their valley the elderly men of the village gathered with their chainsaws and had the road open again by afternoon. A nice feat for a group of men who’s average age must be over 70. Once, while talking with a resident about the depopulation problem he eagerly asked if I might like to take up residence in the village. He told me they could easily accommodate my family as the village had plenty of empty homes to choose from. The village of the Long Bear is distinct in being not only one of the most beautiful places I know in these mountains but also one of the friendliest.

Nearly abandoned home in the village of the Long Bear ほぼ捨てられた日本の家庭 - 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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