Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.
Author, art collector, calligrapher, and director of programs in traditional Asian arts, Alex Kerr has lived in Japan and Thailand since 1964. As a writer, he is known for Lost Japan (1996) and Dogs and Demons (2001).
Kathy Arlyn Sokol is a Kyoto-based media professional with a background in print and broadcast journalism. An Emmy award-winning narrator and contributing editor at Kyoto Journal, she has lived in Japan for twenty-seven years.
Swiss photographer Reto Guntli, based in Zurich, regularly travels the world shooting for international magazines. He has published numerous books and contributed to such TASCHEN publications as Inside Asia, Living in Japan, Living in Bali, Great Escapes Asia and Great Escapes Europe.