Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

LOST JAPAN VIDEOS – Abandoned wasabi farm

Japan is a land of waterfalls. And with a history so long and deep there’s usually some mystery or wonder to be found around, over or within each and every … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Spooky old deserted Japan farmhouse – 古い放棄された日本の家

This was one of the very first videos in the Abandoned Japan series. The location is roughly 30 miles deep into the rugged coastal range on the east coast of … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Japanese girl within my daughter – Return to the USA

I met today the Japanese teen I’d left behind nearly three years ago. Though I’d never thought she was really gone, her sudden reappearance in my life reminded me that … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

First year in a new world

Congratulations to my daughter Emily on the completion of your Freshman year of high school. You’ve come so far, so fast, in a new world with a new language, culture … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Japanese story swallowed by the forest

One day five or so years back I was exploring an abandoned trail in the deep mountains near the Japan Southern Alps. It was the height of summer and the … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

What age to change countries?

Emily and I ran into her friend’s father today at Irvine’s Central Bark dog park. While Emily played with the dogs, the father and I got to know one another … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lost mountain trails of Japan

I sometimes found antique trails in the mountains of Japan. Pathways which connected high mountain villages before the age of roads, when the fastest way to the other side of … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Old farms in the mountains of Japan

Enjoying a lunchtime stroll through the historic neighborhood near work. I’m admiring 80 and 90 year old homes with bronze plaques commemorating their architects and builders. I’m reminded of the … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Eighteen month status report – Return to the USA

A year and a half ago I departed Japan to begin a new life in the USA. I was coming over first, to prepare the way for my wife and daughter to join me as soon as my wife’s immigration application with the United States government could be processed and her new Green Card issued. The process was a long one, involving many struggles both practical and personal, and resulting at last in changes lives and changed persons. This video is a summary of this experience.

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thank you Tokyo – Return to the USA – LylesBrother

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

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment