I didn't wig out when I learned there was someone else living in my rental house. She was Japanese and let me know she had lived here before. We were both shy about exchanging our stories."
"My first week in Kyoto, walking into a Shinto shrine, I realized my cellphone was missing from my back pocket. I found it half an hour later, sitting on an empty table in a busy cafe."
"My mind traveled to Emiko's riddle, just after we were throwing stones into the canal. What could be worse, she asked me, than a terrible cold that could never be cured. When I finally figured it out, Emiko was nowhere to be found."
Michael R. French
Michael French is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University. He is a businessman and author who divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.