Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN since 1987, she has published numerous titles on the themes of architecture, photography, design, contemporary art, interiors, and travel. Swiss photographer Reto Guntli, based in Zurich, regularly travels the world taking photos for international magazines. He has published numerous books and contributed to TASCHEN publications such as Inside Asia and Great Escapes Europe. 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.