It takes people with different talents to create a book. For Japanese Cooking for Kids, there were eight. Cooking teacher Sumiko Nagasawa inspired the writers and her student, Kimberly Ono, organized the recipes and wrote the text. Japanese painter Masami Shiga painted a beautiful picture for the cover. Cartoon artist Miho Sakai Moyer drew the black and white illustrations. Doug Wille, freelance photographer, took pictures of the recipes. Six-year-old Amy Tomaro was the model for the photographs. Bob Ono stepped in to do the chopstick photo and also tested all the food, rating each recipe with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Writer and Japanese language teacher Maria Wako translated all the recipes from Japanese.