Mercedes studied politics and anthropology at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She is a keen observer of life in Japan and elsewhere, a writer, translator, photographer, and a trained Spanish language teacher.
Kenn is a political theorist/intellectual historian by training and profession. He is currently an Irish Research Council Marie Curie fellow at the University of Tokyo and teaches part-time in the Intellectual Heritage programme at Temple University’s Japan Campus in Tokyo. He is also a translator and occasional journalist.