Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Spooky abandoned orange farm 不気味な捨てられたみかん農園 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

Abandoned bridge - Abandoned JapanIt was only after a long day of exploring the mountains west of Yui Japan that I found an abandoned road leading high into a canyon of abandoned orange and tea farms. After hiking to the very end of the road I found this farm some ways back off a dirt road. While exploring I felt an eerie tug to return back down the canyon before nightfall swept across the landscape. I don’t often get spooked though this place definitely creeped me out. Perhaps it was because I was alone, deep along an abandoned road an hour from my car yet only 50 minutes from nightfall, and without a flashlight. The orange grove behind this building has been utterly consumed by the forest, though where the sunlight is strong delicious-looking Japanese Mandarin oranges were found growing in small bunches. I found evidence of wild boar activity near the dark tool shed, and during my visit I could hear sticks and leaves rustling and the soft hoots of snow monkeys which watched me from the thick cover of the forest.


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at dinnerbytheriver@gmail.com.

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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.

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