Talking to akasyo
akasyo's Japanese pen name is "Akasyoubin". That is the name for the Ruddy Kingfisher (ruddy is the color here). That is a beautiful wild bird living in Japan, and he really likes birds. He is in his late 30s. He is married. And he is an engineer working with a manufacturer.
NobDid you like puzzles since you were a child?
NobThat is a long time ago. What kind of books was it?
NobOh, really, you didn't come from pencil puzzles then, you arrived at puzzles taking the high road. At that time did you also make puzzles yourself?
NobI can understand what made you glad there (laughs). Then, afterwards, you found Nikoli.
NobWell, amazing. Did you start to contribute problems right away?
NobWere you happy when you saw you were in?
NobYou have been making puzzles for a long time since then. When you were preparing for examinations, did you continue?
NobYou really are irresponsible (laughs). What other than "fill in missing numbers" and arithmetic puzzles did make when you started?
NobAre there differences between how you made puzzles then and now?
NobYou are shooting for a very high ideal. Then, when you make your puzzles are you thinking of both experts and beginners?
NobAre you really putting that much time into it? Then when you are making the puzzle do you ever forget your original plans?
NobWhy do you make puzzles?
NobHow is that going to be in the future?
NobFinally, a word to the people who are solving your puzzles, please.
Interviewed Apr 2008 Published on Feb 16, 2010