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

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

Teaching children to curse in a second language

Feeling connected to the place you live means you need to understand the good, the bad and the profane.

February 4, 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

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

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

Return to the lost green tea farm 失われた茶のファームに戻す – Abandoned Japan 日本の廃墟

Sometimes the time is not right for adventure. Other times the moment is pressing yet the opportunity is not present. In both cases a second try might be what’s needed to turn a previously failed endeavor into a success. Here’s one hike which required both a second try as well as a renewal of resolve to overcome both physical barriers as well as some lingering trepidation over uncertain fears which, though knowingly dispelled, had somehow left a lingering sense of doubt which irrationally cautioned I spend the day elsewhere. I’m glad I didn’t listen.

January 4, 2014 · 2 Comments