A life of courage, joy and independence.
Here’s what may be our last look at a classic style Japanese farmhouse about to disappear forever into the green. Homes like this simply aren’t built anymore in Japan as the inner timbers were likely hand-hewn from locally felled timber and then held together with complex wood joints (no nails). The blackened exterior is not paint but instead the result of a special process by which the boards used to form the exterior are burned in a special charcoal kiln. This process has the very desirable effect of reducing rot (look how good the structure appears!) and also reducing the effects of humidity (the charcoal absorbs moisture!). The home is also designed to provide natural ventilation during the hot summer months which has the effect of not excluding the exterior atmosphere but instead encapsulating and almost taming it. All without the use of gas or electricity! This home is chock full of wonderfully innovative Japanese home-building technology which is largely neglected now in Japan due to modern innovations such as air conditioning, insulation and steel frame home construction (all good things in their own right). I estimate that no one will even be able to find this house within the next five years after it is completely covered in green. And if I had to guess I’d say it’s probably still fully furnished!
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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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