Talking to SAKAMOTO, Nobuyuki
SAKAMOTO Nobuyuki is a puzzle author without a nickname, using his real name. He is 30 years old, single. He also creates Japanese word puzzles so he is what we call an all-round author.
NobExcuse me, but you are employed in an ordinary company aren't you?
NobMr. Sakamoto, I have heard that you have a Ph. D. so we should really call you Dr. Sakamoto?
NobNow, really! What did you study about for your Ph. D.?
NobWait! Wait! I can't understand a thing (in a sweat). But how does your Ph. D. help you now that you have it?
NobWell, well. But as a doctor of mathematics you must have liked mathematics from you were little?
NobRight. Elementary school kids do not think of arrowheads as quadrangles. You sure were different (laughs). So did you want to go on to mathematics in college from you were little?
NobThat puts it well, but then, do you have other hobbies than puzzles?
NobNow, where does puzzle author Dr. Sakamoto make puzzles?
NobI know what you are saying. Let me ask you now what a puzzle is to you?
NobDoes the killing time part involve solving puzzles in your free time?
NobSo, thinking up ideas for puzzles is another puzzle. How about the self expression part?
NobI have noticed that many of the Sakamoto puzzles are different from the common run, but you make many easy puzzles too.
NobThen what are your goals for the future?
NobOne last thing, please say something to the people reading your interview here.
Interviewed Sep 2007 Published on Aug 11, 2008