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About Us


Steve Beimel:  Editor-in-chief

Ed Beimel: Associate technical editor

Helen Hasenfeld: Associate editor  http://www.thediscerningeye.com/

Ron Beimel:  Technical advisor

Steve’s Bio

A Japanophile for over thirty years, Steve Beimel founded Esprit Travel & Tours in the early 1990’s, as a U.S.-based tour company specializing in culturally focused tours to Japan and catering to enthusiasts of the arts. Over the years, he has worked with a wide range of masters of traditional culture including art, crafts, architecture, gardens, music, theater, cuisine and religion. “The most fulfilling part of my Japan-related life is working with so many amazing and talented men and women. It has been a great privilege for me to introduce guests from abroad to these people, in a true spirit of cultural exchange.” For ten years Steve published the The Kyoto Diary, a quarterly journal celebrating the arts of Japan and featuring interviews with many of the Japan’s renowned craftsmen and artists. He now lives with his wife Ritsuko in the northern foothills of Kyoto.