Eleanor B. Coerr traveled to Japan as a newspaper reporter in 1949, where she lived on a farm for a year, learning the language. Inspired by her farm family and a visit to a local circus, Eleanor wrote and illustrated Circus Day in Japan. It was first published by Tuttle in 1953 and remained in print until 1968. Eleanor is best-known for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Yumi Matsunari is a professional translator and interpreter living in Fukui, Japan. She studied in Kyoto, Cambridge and London. Among her works are A Treasury of Japanese Folktales and Japanese Made Easy.
"Carol has put together a range of fun designs to suit any occasion. The cakes are full of character and perfect if you don't have much experience in sugar modelling. Carol provides easy-to-follow instructions with plenty of other ideas so you can adapt the designs to suit your skills, and each project has an accompanying cupcake design which looks just as good on its own." -Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine