This is the story of a sparkling childhood and teenage years, nourished by the confluence of three cultures – Europe, USA and Japan – laying the foundation for a stellar career at NASA. A life that explored the universe from its largest dimensions to the smallest nano-scale. A life rich in art and music. A life full of nature and gods. A life carried by optimism and joy, tragically cut short at its zenith by an unrelenting brain tumor. The eternal question runs through: Where are we going after death?