From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travelers for centuries.

An unexpected visit to Japan

The Japan story is where all this actually started. Michael’s adventurer spirit was just about to take over the focus of his life. It was in April 2015 sometime around his birthday. To be honest with you, I was not aware that he was even planning to travel to Japan…I came home one day and was scrolling down my Facebook wall when I saw an image of him in...