About Japanese experience

Q. How long have you been studying Japanese?
A. Since I was in my 2nd year of high school. Because they didn't offer any Japanese courses at my high school, I was lucky enough to find a private tutor, who I learned from for over 10 years. But aside from just book-studying, as a college student, I also had the opportunity to intern in Japan for 1 year in Shibuya, Tokyo, where most of my Japanese language progress was made (ah, the wonders of immersion). Nowadays, while book-studying and immersion is still a thing in my life, I have a Japanese husband, who helps me out with my second language a lot. :>

Q. What first sparked your interest in Japan?
A. Short (but honest) answer: I don't know. Longer answer: It could be all those JRPG's I grew up with on my SNES (AKA Lufia II). Sometimes the answer I give people: As a seven-year-old watching Ash Ketchum go to that Ponyta matsuri and eat a chocolate-covered fish, I was disgusted and asked my mom, "Why is Ash eating a chocolate-covered fish?" to which she replied, "It could be a cultural thing. Pokemon's from Japan, you know." That MAY HAVE BEEN when the lightbulb came on, but I don't know.

About the site

Q. Why did you name your site "The Town of Runawynd"?
A. "Runawynd" is the place up above the clouds (similar to heaven), where my OCs reside to keep watch over the humans. A long, looooong time ago, Runawynd was the name of an important province in an original story I used to write. It was the hometown of the lead character, actually.

Q. "Run-a-wind?"
A. No, Runawynd is pronounced Roo-nuh-wind or Rune-uh-wind. Honestly, I'm not that picky of a person, but...

Q. Which program do you use to make your website with?
A. I use Adobe Dreamweaver and Notepad for my coding. For the designs, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6. I also use FileZilla to get my local stuff uploaded to the FTP server. And Dreamhost for all my hosting needs (they are awesome!). And Winamp, because I always have my music playing when I'm working on a site!

Q. Don't you ever get bored of your website?
A. Heck, no! Experimenting with design and coding is a joy that I could (and have) spend countless hours on. (I could probably go on about how fun web designing is, but I won't. Besides, I wouldn't want you getting bored.)

Q. Can I link to your site?
A. By all means, help yourself!

About game music

Q. Where do you buy your video game soundtracks?
A. I buy them all online from stores straight from Japan. (I am VERY careful about buying the real things, rather than the artificial bootleg junk.) When I'm in Japan, I usually shop at Japan's Tower Records. If I'm abroad, I used to buy from PlayAsia, too. For more sites I like to shop at, head to the links page.

Q. Where do you get your video game piano sheet music?
A. I google search it, find page scans amongst musicians inner dwellings on the web, or I buy video game sheet music books online. I used to frequent Riulyn's RPG Sheet Music Shrine or sometimes Ichigo's Sheet Music, though.

Q. How long have you been playing piano?
A. Since I was seven. The math's all yours.

About photography

Q. What kind of camera do you have?
A. I have a digital Cannon Powershot S2 1S.

Q. How long have you been into photography?
A. Since September 2004.

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