Michael Freeman is an award-winning photographer specializing in Asia, both for magazines such as the Smithsonian, GEO, and Conde Nast Traveler and for numerous books. The later include Japan Modern, The Spirit of Asia, and Ancient Angor. His other works include books on Frank Lloyd Wright, Shakers, Adobe, and 20th-century American architecture, and most recently, The Complete Guide to Digital Photography.
Michiko Nico Nose has written extensively on design and lifestyle-related topics for both Japanese magazines and television. She began her career as a journalist and is the author of several guides to Tokyo and New York. Her most recent publications are NYC: Graffiti and Japan Modern.
Shunmyo Masuno is a Zen priest at the Kenkoh-ji Temple, Yokohoma, and an internationally acclaimed garden designer. At present he heads Japan Landscape Consultants and lectures periodically at the University of British Columbia. His gardens include those at the Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, Canada, the Nigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka, Japan, and the Hotel Kohjimachi Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.