Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

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

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

Three wise monkeys 三猿 – 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 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Large antique Japanese kamidana Shinto shrine – Japan Antique Roadshow

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

November 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

My partner was shocked by my world view – Secular Thinking – LylesBrother

The 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 … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

No dragons here – Secular Thinking – LylesBrother

The 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 … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

What purpose human life? – Secular Thinking – LylesBrother

The 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 … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Graceful exit” – Considering Suicide – LylesBrother

“I’ve noticed you’ve done a couple videos on suicide recently (and more in the past), but my query is less to do with whether or not someone should commit suicide, and more to do with your thoughts on how to “gracefully exit” (not the greatest choice of words but it’ll do).”

November 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Antique Japanese Butsudan Buddhist household altar – Japan Antique Roadshow

At the start of the long Japanese Edo period (1600-1868) the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu determined that the country of Nippon (Japan) should be closed to the outside world with the … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · 1 Comment