Originally from the small island of Guernsey, Gary has been living in Osaka now for some 7 years. Based in the Kawachinagano in the far south of Osaka Prefecture, he works as front desk for a traditional ryokan deep in the countryside. Here he is immersed in the richness of Japanese culture, narrating tea ceremonies and ikebana classes and teaching guests about the significant history of this unknown town.
Chris Loew reports from Osaka, where he has lived for 20 years. He writes about food, Japanese companies, and marine policy issues. He previously worked for two years in the purchasing department of a Japanese meat importer, and for five years as export director for two Seattle food companies, selling to customers in the Far East. He has co-authored two college-level language texts. When not writing, he proofreads Japanese-to-English translations.