The Only Thing that Matters

Finding Clarity in the Face of Death

Donny Kimball
8 min readJul 4, 2019

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A statue of Jizo sits in a meditative position at Mt. Koya’s Okunoin.

In the early summer of 2018, the world tragically lost the American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain. In the time since his baffling suicide, I have often brooded on how a man who seemingly had everything could feel so compelled to take his own life. In many ways, the late Anthony Bourdain was nothing short of the epitome…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/