Born in Hiroshima, Aki worked as a designer in his own Tokyo-based firm before moving to Bali to open a coffee company. He studied the art of Indonesian batik dyeing in Java before moving to Okinawa, where he furthered his interest in traditional Japanese indigo dyeing techniques, or aizome. In 2004, he moved to the town of Misumi, where he set up an atelier with his wife, Natsu. They opened Pasar Moon in 2006. The two now divide their time between Misumi, Java (Indonesia), and Chiangmai (Thailand).
Born in Tokyo, Natsu studied textiles at a university in Okinawa before moving to Java for a year to learn about Indonesian Batik dyeing. She specializes in Okinawan katazome, a traditional method of dyeing fabric using a dye-resistant paste applied through a handcut stencil. She moved to Misumi in 2004, where she runs an atelier with her husband, Aki. The two now divide their time between Misumi, Java (Indonesia), and Chiangmai (Thailand).