Talking to Yuichi Saito
Yuichi Saito: male, twenty eight years old (in 2007), working in a company as an engineer - making things, a doctor of engineering. His hobbies other than puzzles are traveling abroad and skiing. Just now he is worried because he gained a lot of weight, suddenly.
The Japanese pen name of Yuichi Saito is "Yu-tan", the interview uses this pen name.
NobI heard that your Japanese pen name "Yu-tan" is not simply a nickname you had as a kid. Is there anything in that?
NobI'll believe that. I know you've been contributing to Nikoli since you were in elementary school. When did you get to know about Nikoli?
NobYou're surprising me. Just second grade and you were ready to go for a Pencil puzzle book. Did you solve all the puzzles?
NobWhy did you start to make puzzles?
NobI was the head editor of Nikoli then, and I remember that there were much fewer contributions than we get now. Your puzzles were picked a lot, I also remember.
NobReally? Did you get that many published? What motivated you then, the money?
NobI heard you traveled abroad to so many different countries. Did you really?
NobDid you make puzzles during your journeys?
NobOh, that one was made in Sri Lanka! Does traveling around the world change you ideas about how to make puzzles?
NobHas it changed anything now when you are aware of the whole world?
NobNow, what do you think makes a good puzzle?
NobWhat's your hope for yourself in 40 years?
NobOh, that sounds just marvelous! Now one last thing, what would you like to say to the people solving your puzzles?
Interviewed Nov 2007 Published on May 21, 2009