Here’s an old woodsman’s axe I found deep in the forest. The axe head had Japanese characters hand-chiseled into the metal though rust and wear made these unreadable. Nevertheless, the blade was still incredibly sharp!

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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 inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

The Path of Wildness resources

The house of dolls.  When someone loses a child they bring a doll to this temple to have it blessed by a priest.  Some dolls are made by hand and some are bought but all of them have a prayer and a name written on them.  Every doll you see represents a dead child.  It is one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen.

A room with a view.  And a dandy TV.  There was a beautiful sunroom off to the left but it really bad shape.  When it was new it was probably a quite the place.  This was the largest bedroom at a dormitory-style house.  The first floor was just like a large house with a living room, kitchen, etc. while the second floor was a row of about 8 smalls rooms.  This probably housed workers.  This was the fanciest and at the end so I am assuming it was for the boss.