Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Japanese snow monkeys 日本の雪猿 – Real Japan Monsters 日本のモンスター

Many people are familiar with the iconic image of Japanese Snow Monkeys bathing in steaming hot springs while winter snow piles in deep drifts around them. While you can indeed see bathing monkeys if you visit Japan, you may also sometimes encounter wild monkeys foraging in small family troops within quiet, green mountain forests. These animals are the Japanese macaque which the Japanese call Nihonzaru (Japanese monkey). Nihonzaru are the northernmost living primate (with the exception of humans) and noted for their unusual tolerance of cold winters. Though I may not always see Snow Monkeys I can often hear them hooting and calling from the depths of the woods ahead of me, warning their family of the approaching stranger. Large males sometimes position themselves conspicuously as I pass, eying me cautiously as the family retreats deeper into the green.


Welcome to the Real Japan Monsters 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!

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.

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