After considerable experiences of working at Kyoto Prefectural government, incorporated foundation relating to cultural assets, Ichiro Kojima is now a Senior Distinguished Researcher of Kyoto Sangyo University and an ambassador of “Kyoto Kanko Omotenashi Taishi.” He calls himself “Sommelier of Buddha statue,” giving a lecture and publishing a book about Saijiki and cultural properties around Japan to introduce the charms of Kyoto.
Yuri Ugaya is a garden designer and producer based in Japan. After studied Japanese cultural history at University in Kyoto, she went abroad to over 30 counties, solely for the purpose of admiring the gardens. She studied gardening at Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture in Canada and had an experience in Kew Gardens, England. Her major work includes a Japanese “Zen” garden she created at the Grand Central Station, New York in 2017.