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Manmaru

Basic History

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, I moved to Japan in 2006 (to rural Mie Prefecture) where I did freelance web development, including the running of a local community and information site for English-speakers living/visiting that area of Japan.

In 2011 I then moved to Tokyo. I spent a few years working for a major Japanese web portal's dictionary and web search features, and now work for a large-scale Japanese social gaming company and work on their portal site - particularly with its behind-the-scenes data collection and engineering as well as the creation or improvement of convenient administrative tools.

I have lived in Japan for over 8 years now and have extension knowledge covering living or traveling in Japan.


Summary of Expertise

My best language is PHP, but am kind of a jack-of-all-trades - I was "classically trained" in C++ from my mid-teen years, have years of experience with Java, and naturally have a lot of experience with JavaScript and other front-end technologies as a long-time web developer.

In recent years, I have worked primarily with search and rankings, however I can where just about any tech hat required in the process of creating and maintaining web services.


Some of my favorite daily-use software

  • Vim
  • Firefox (+Firebug)
  • Linux, preferably Debian-flavored
  • Lightroom
  • PowerPoint (shockingly)
  • Unity

Some of my favorite web services

  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Google Maps
  • GitHub
  • Soundcloud
  • Translation Party
  • too many to list...

Some of my favorite places in Japan

  • Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka for modernity
  • Kyoto, Ise, and Koya-san for beautiful temples/shrines/gardens
  • Takamatsu, Osaka, Sendai, and Kochi for food (Tokyo has lots of good stuff too)
  • Hamamatsu, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, and Kagoshima for impressive medium-sized cities with a good mix of modernity, traditional Japan, and nearby nature

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