Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi is a college English instructor. Born in Tokyo, she lived and studied in the U.S. as an exchange student during high school. She worked at an international telecommunications company prior to accepting her current position. For the past 12 years she has headed a homestay program for students and working adults to introduce Japanese culture to their contemporaries in the U.S.
Mr. Michinori Matsuoka was born in Hyogo Prefecture. He studied for two years at a university in Minnesota, and after graduating worked for nearly 30 years at the Japanese office of a U.S. bank. He is currently a member of an NPO, where his activities include working as a part-time lecturer at universities teaching economics courses in English.
Mrs. Ryoko Yoshioka is an 82 year old Japanese calligrapher from Aizu region in Fukushima Prefecture. After living in New York and Bangkok, she taught Japanese to students and women who came to Japan from overseas.
She was also a middle school and high school English teacher until retirement.