Toji Kamata was born in 1951 in Tokushima Prefecture. He is a religious researcher and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Life at Musashigaoka Junior College; Visiting Professor at the International Center for Japanese Cultural Studies; and Instructor at Kokugakuin, Waseda and Nippon Universities. Major works include "Fieldwork in the Divine World," "An Old Men and Infants," "The Folklore of Aging and Dying," "Sacred Topologies," "A Phonology of the Other World," "Place-Memory," "Signs and the World-Soul," and "An Introduction to Human Anatomy."
Bruce Osborn was born in Los Angeles in 1950. He studied modern art at the University of the Pacific and photography at the Art Center College of Design. After working for "Phonograph Record Magazine," where he was chief photo editor, he became a freelance photographer, movie cameraman, and art director. He moved to Tokyo in 1980. Photo-series include "I Love Lucy," "Burning Desire," "Oyako," "Biography," and "Flying Objects." His work has been exhibited many times. Books include "Asobikata/Photographs of Tokyo," and "Oyako: Photographs of Japanese Parents and Children." A CD-ROM of "Oyako" will be published in 1996.