Tomoko Parry was born and grew up in Japan. After graduating from college, she quickly realised a BA in English Literature wouldn’t get her anywhere in the real world so she joined a start-up translation company, learned the ropes of the industry and then relocated to the US, where she currently works as a freelance translator and interpreter.
David Tonge is Founder of London based design studio The Division. He first visited Japan in the mid-90’s to work as design consultant to Japanese manufacturers and after well over 100 visits and long stays, Japan has become his second home. He speaks Japanese, is a visiting Professor at Kanazawa Art College and has travelled the length and breadth of the country taking pictures of everyday Japanese life.
Mac Salman is from the UK and is the founder and lead guide of Maction Planet, which specialises in bespoke Japan travel and Tokyo-inspired apparel. A Tokyo resident for over 14 years, he hass been featured in and written for such publications as Reuters, the New York Times, the Japan Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, The Financial Times, SNL and Tokyo Art Beat.
Sean Michael Wilson is a writer from Scotland. In 2017, his book Secrets of the Ninja won an International Manga Award from the Japanese government. He is the first British person to receive this award. His books are often on themes of history, biography and social issues. He has written many articles for The Japan Times and presented television programmes in the UK and Japan.