Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

The swim into deep water – Going Alone

06-28-16 10:31 AM I’m going to buy an old fashioned mercury thermometers to use in tracking my body temp during summertime desert hikes, and keep myself away from the dreaded … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The wildness inside – softypapa adventures

My time in Japan was attended by frequent adventure alone into some of the most beautiful and exotic landscapes in Asia. Places people simply don’t go as well as places … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hiking through time

While walking through yesterday’s landscape I enjoyed the mental exercise of dialing time back through various ages in an effort to envision how the world around me may have looked … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shinto speculation 神道について考える – Walking in Japan 日本でのウォーキング

Shinto is one of the two major religions of Japan (the other is Buddhism).  Shinto is often considered to be the native religion of Japan, and is as old as … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Forgotten farm road 忘れられた農道 – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

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 … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Leech bite 蛭かま Real Japan Monsters 日本のモンスター

Japanese Mountain Leeches may sometimes be encountered during warm months when hiking through wet locations in the mountains of central Japan. Blood-sucking leeches are attracted to warm bodies which they detect and hone-in on like heat-seeking missiles.

January 2, 2014 · 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
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