Talking to juno
Juno is a male in his 30s. He is married. He is one of the operation staff of nikoli.com. He says that he is the Nikoli staff member who loves cats most. It is only recently that he has begun to make pencil puzzles, but he is already a world renowned among mechanical puzzle creators.
NyanBazWhen you were little, did you do puzzles?
NyanBazWhat is that, war games?
NyanBazLike a seesaw, letting the blocks fly using leverage principles?
NyanBazYou were a perfectionist from the start. From when were you doing actual puzzles?
NyanBazYou made them by yourself from the beginning? Didn't you think to buy puzzles from stores?
NyanBazThat makes sense. What kind of puzzles did you make?
NyanBazYou are still involved in mechanical puzzles. What kind of things do you do?
NyanBazAnd there is more, isn't there? You are a specialist in making bamboo-copters?
NyanBazGee, are there bamboo-copter competitions. What is the attraction in bamboo-copters?
NyanBazYou have also worked at a bicycle atelier. Is than an extension of handmade construction?
NyanBazDid you work in the bicycle atelier to make a bicycle for races?
NyanBazDid you go directly without an appointment or anything? That takes courage.
NyanBazThey liked you.
NyanBazYou were also saying the number one earlier. Are you particular about number one?
NyanBazWell. Now you are doing work related to computers. How did you learn computer skills?
NyanBazLet's get back on topic. Did you make pencil puzzles before joining Nikoli?
NyanBazAt that time there were so many puzzle magazines in Japan, it was in the early 1980's. What kind of puzzles did you make?
NyanBazAnd you started making puzzles with numbers recently?
NyanBazHow did you bring yourself to make them then?
NyanBazDo you still like Nurikabe?
NyanBazDo you have a puzzle you are not good at?
NyanBazIt is a rare person who makes both pencil puzzles and mechanical puzzles. What are some common points and what are some differences?
NyanBazIs that true? I think It is rare for people other than you to solve interlocking puzzles just in the head. (laughs) But, do you have an ideal puzzle?
NyanBazThen the last question. Anything that you want to tell people solving your puzzles?
Interviewed Jan 2009 Published on Dec 6, 2010