Suzuko Anai (Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Oxford Brookes University) is a creator of the series. She designed the grade structure and selects themes and topics for stories. She works closely with the authors and illustrators to ensure the series provides truly unique learning materials. Suzuko received a Brookes Teaching Fellowship Award in 2006 for excellence in teaching. Suzuko is actively involved in Japanese language education in the UK and overseas. She held the position of Chair of The Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe (AJE) from 2006 to 2011. She is currently leading two international projects, one on the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) and the Japan Foundation Japanese Standard and other is looking into the articulation between secondary and higher education. She is a member of The Japanese Language Committee of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) since the Committee’s establishment in 1998.