Mayumi Yoshida Barakan was born in Sapporo and moved to Tokyo in 1974 to attend a local college. After working in the editorial department of a music magazine, she moved to London for a year in 1980. Since returnign to Tokyo, she has worked as a self-employed editor and translator. She now manages the business that she and her husband run.
Judith Connor Greer grew up in Olympia, Washington, and moved to Tokyo in 1980. Starting out in fashion she began freelancing as a writer and arts organizer. From 1986 to 1993 she worked at a Japanese museum of contemporary art. She is now living in London with her husband and two children.