I’ve begun moving videos from my Abandoned Japan channel to my main channel in an effort at gradual consolidation ahead of our return to Japan.
This video is the first to go.
I found this abandoned mikan orange farm at the very end of a long and winding abandoned one-lane road I’d discovered in the mountains behind Yui fishing town, an hour and a half south of Tokyo. While walking alone, I’d passed at least a half dozen abandoned farms being strangled in green on either side of the road, which just got darker and seemingly more enclosed by forest as nightfall approached and the mountain pass narrowed. Like nearly all abandoned sites I’ve visited in Japan, this one had an errie atmosphere of sudden abandonment, like the farmer just up and one day left, leaving doors unlocked, farm tools in situ and work undone. It’s hard in such places to not keep checking over one’s shoulder for the farmer’s sudden return—a creaking old man in work clothes, a huge wicker basket on his back and a questioning gaze at the strange foreigner trespassing his property.
There was recent evidence of boar activity at this abandoned farm, and I could hear snow monkeys hooting softly from the dark canopy where they’d set up sleeping nests, unsettled by my ghost-like soft steps and careful, quiet intrusion. I did, in fact, linger here too long, as darkness soon overtook me on my return down the mountain, prompting a slightly panicked dangerous scramble down the side of a steep valley to the sea, passing along the way a super-spooky abandoned Shinto shrine utterly consumed by the forest, a forgotten holy place emerging suddenly from nowhere, with ancient broken and worn statues and a utterly opaque black sanctuary containing the home of this lost mountain’s god.
This was indeed a very good and memorable Japan adventure-the very essence and spirit of Abandoned Japan.
Welcome to Abandoned Japan. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of Japan's lost and forgotten places with me. I'm available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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My name is Kurt Bell.
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