These questions are from zolphia:
1. If I'd give you an extra free day each week, how would you spend it?
Good question. There's lots of stuff that I want to do (and some that needs to be done) that I just don't have the time and/or energy for -- what with having to get up at ghastly times for work and all. I think that I would spend an extra day off with sleeping in for a bit (which for me means getting up around 09:00) and then doing something crafty. One of my goals is to create a book (setting, printing and binding) in one week, and I'll be taking a week off in June to do just that.
2. You have great affinity with Japanese culture, even though it is quite different from European culture. Your thoughts on this?
I'm not sure it's "affinity". The Japanese culture makes it very easy for us to be in Japan as a tourist. People are naturally polite and helpful, if somewhat shy, and proud of their country and it's cultural and natural treasures. It's a very urban society, so you have all the conveniences that brings. But there is a lot wrong with the Japanese culture as well: the xenophobia, for one. The group-thinking. The reflexive judgement on everything that is different. The sexism (both subtle and overt).
I don't think I could live in Japan, especially not as a foreigner. So I don't think my affinity with the culture is that big -- I understand it (a bit), but I don't necessarily want to be a part of it.
3. What is the most important thing you want for in a job?
The most important thing is, of course, the money. If I didn't get any money for it, I wouldn't be working. But that is closely followed by having the ability to develop my personal and work-related skills.
4. ingiechan has been quiet around Twitter and LJ lately. How's she doing?
She has to go to Capelle aan den IJssel for three days per week -- that means getting up early and getting home late. Her coping strategy seems to be sitting on the couch and playing Pocket Frogs on her phone, the work phone and the tablet.
5. If money was no problem, which art work would you want to have in your living room?
I think an installation with lots of LEDs would be cool, but somewhat distracting and therefore not very practical. A large paper-cutting would be nice, but we'd have to cat-proof it.
6. What's the best thing about Nijmegen?
The university. Because of that, there's lots of students, and that means a certain level of energy and amenities that you wouldn't otherwise have. The city is small enough not to get lost in (both figuratively and literally), but big enough to be (somewhat) cosmopolitan.
7. Apart from anime, are there any other tv-series that you watch?
None at all. We simply don't have the time. ;)