Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Desert hobo camp – softypapa adventures

While living on the road as a teenager I often found myself sleeping under bridges, in open fields and secreted away deep in the hollow of unfamiliar wilderness. Finding this … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Abandoned farm on a lonely mountain trail 孤独な登山道に捨てられた農場 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

This short video captures one of the more dangerous moments I’ve experienced while exploring abandoned places in Japan. Near the end of the video I unwittingly cross over the rotting … Continue reading

January 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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.

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lost tea farm 失われた茶農園 – 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 Twitter, … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Forgotten green tea farm 忘れられた緑茶ファーム – 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 Twitter, … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fading rural Japanese lifestyle フェージング農村日本の生活 – Walking in Japan 日本でのウォーキング

Welcome to the softypapa blog. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have chosen to walk awhile with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Forgotten farm valley 忘れられていた日本の農場谷 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

A once bountiful farm valley in coastal Japan now the sole possession of snow monkeys, wild boar and mountain sheep.

October 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Deserted mountain farm hut – Abandoned Japan

I discovered this unlikely shack very high up a deserted canyon where farmers once raised wasabi radishes from hand-placed stone terraces. There was only the faintest remnant of a trail … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black home 日本の森の中に捨てられた黒い家 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

I first discovered this abandoned home over ten years ago. I first came upon it in a rain storm when I was struck by the very dark, almost black appearance … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Spooky old Japan farmhouse being swallowed by the forest 日本で薄気味悪い古いさびれた農家 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

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 … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · 1 Comment
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