EPO was born in Tokyo in 1960. She is a singer and songwriter. Her voice is her instrument, and she collaborates with a wide variety of contemporary musicians. At the same time, she is always mindful of the origins of song, and performs in a street minstrel style. Her first album, Downtown, was released in 1980. She released 17 albums before leaving for the U.K. to participate in the 1989 Edinburgh Festival. She signed with Virgin Records in 1990 and released the album Fire & Snow in 1991. In 1992 she signed with Toshiba TM Factory. In 1994 she performed in the musical Fantasia with Singapore artist Dick Lee. She also toured Central Asia with jazz musician Akira Sakata. In 1995 she went on a solo tour of six Latin American countries.
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.